Sarah Kingsley and Angel Johnson are homicide detectives trapped in a maze of racial tension and a deadly force controversy that may cost them their badges and their lives.
Set against a backdrop of racial tension and deadly force controversy in Dallas, Open Seasonintroduces Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson, homicide detectives who are unlikely and unwilling partners. When people start dying in area shopping malls, the detectives find themselves up against a killer who has his own race card to play. The Dallas Review Board wants Sarah’s badge because she shot a young black boy when the undercover drug operation went bad and her partner was killed. The detectives also wrestle with personal attitudes and feelings about racism and their partnership. They both see the pairing as better PR than policy and Angel’s position is further complicated by her family’s reaction to her working with a white woman.
Their first case, dubbed the Mall Murders, begins with the death of a maintenance worker at one of the Dallas Metroplex shopping malls. A security guard is then killed at another mall. The final murder victim is a young window dresser whose body is left like a mannequin behind the glass of an exclusive boutique at the Galleria Mall. When Angel realizes that the killer is the father of one of her close friends, she turns to Sarah as a to help bring him in. In a standoff at the killer’s house, Angel and Sarah become a team as they attempt to talk Alfred out. The SWAT team has their best snipers in position. The media is there with cameras rolling, hoping for a spectacular ending. But Angel and Sarah have decided that nobody should die in this one.
This is the first book in a series and the second, Stalking Season, will come out November 2012. Each book will have ‘season’ in the title as a series identifier.