Clyde Phillips. Sacrifice (2003) 308 pp.
Just after San Francisco’s most respected and best-loved citizen, philanthropist
Philip Iverson announces a pledge to the children’s hospital, someone murders
him in the parking garage of the Golden Gate Grand Hotel. The city is in
shock with this high profile homicide. The pressure is on the police for
a swift arrest. Homicide Lieutenant Jane Candiotti and her new husband—and
“old” partner—Kenny Marks lead the investigation, the first since they
married and she was promoted to being his boss by the SFPD. That same evening,
a second murder occurs that fails to get more than a slight yawn from the
media and even less from the politicians and the police brass. The victim
is just a homeless person. However, soon new murders occur tied to the
bum’s homicide by the letter S written in blood at the scene. With Iverson’s
wife leading the howls for justice and the media and politicos joining
in the screaming, Jane has her hands full struggling to solve the Iverson
case as well as the five additional murders, especially when a link between
the investigations is found that makes her the target of a killer.