In this second book in the series Los Angeles robbery-homicide detective Lena Gamble is on the outs for embarrassing her bosses, but is nevertheless assigned the case when the chopped up body of an unidentified young woman is found in a dumpster. The victim is found to be Jennifer McBride, a hooker who may have been blackmailing one of her clients.
Lena's job is made more difficult by police higher ups who are interfering with her investigation and bugging her home, apparently in an attempt to hobble her career. Several persons of interest are involved in the case including a haughty doctor, a spoiled rich kid and his detestable father, and a missing witness.
Lena uncovers greed and corruption at all levels and, as she pushes to solve the case, dead bodies pile up everywhere. For me the climax of the story was too drawn out; by the end I wanted it to be wrapped up quickly. Nevertheless I enjoyed the book and recommend it to thriller fans.