The blonde was strangled, bound and tied by cords to live oak trees. She lay unnoticed in a circle of boulders in the Southern California desert, until a weekend hiker and his son stumbled across her corpse. Hers was the seventh body to be found. The first were transients, prostitutes and addicts. But this one was different. A hooker who'd accused the police department of extorting prostitutes for sex in exchange for protection, Carol Gentry capped her performance in the grand jury room, claiming that the corruption went beyond street cops - all the way to the top... Gideon McCarthy is a disgraced reporter trying to work his way off the night beat. Scarred by personal tragedy, locked in a bitter custody battle for two young children, he believes his career is all but over. If he has any hope of redemption, this series of savage killings could be it. Competing for the story with an ambitious female reporter from a rival paper, McCarthy embarks on a quest for the truth. His relentless search for answers takes him from the city's seething underbelly - a world of brutal biker gangs, seductive drug dealers and crooked cops - to the elite circles of the rich, the famous, and the beautiful, whose lives cannot be touched. From luxury condos to sleazy motels, from gleaming boardrooms to neon-bright streets and back alleys, McCarthy walks a dangerous tightrope between truth and reporting. It's his last chance. And no one is about to cut him any slack, as he goes after a story that will shake the city to its rotten core...and bring a killer after him. In a business where playing fast and loose with the facts can kill a man, McCarthy follows the facts all the way to their shattering conclusion...and uncovers an explosive secret hidden in the one place no reporter would ever dare to look.
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