The Precinct: Cold Case
Excerpt from book:
"How is this a cold case?" Detective Olivia Watson squatted down beside the body with the bashed-in head lying on the plush office carpet.
The pool of blood looked fresh enough. The alleged murder weapon, a civic volunteerism trophy from the dead man's own desk, had already been bagged and packed away by the CSI trading notes with the medical examiner nearby. A uniformed officer and two building security guards were holding back a bevy of shocked and grieving office staff from the Kober & Associates PR firm, as well as curious onlookers from other businesses in the building beyond the yellow crime scene tape that blocked off the victim's outer office door. The two Kansas City PD detectives on the far side of the room interviewing the distraught secretary who'd discovered her boss's body after her half-day spa appointment seemed to have the crime scene well under control. So why call in representatives from the Fourth Precinct's Cold Case Squad?
Olivia rested her forearms on the thighs of her dark wash jeans and studied the sixtyish man's still features again. The glass-and-steel high-rise in downtown Kansas City was almost as new as the murder itself. She was used to working cases with pictures out of dusty boxes and autopsy reports that raised a lot of unanswered questions. She'd worked with skeletal remains and mummified corpses and alleged victims whose bodies had never been found at all. Most people assumed the Cold Case Squad was an easier gig than working a fresh investigation. She liked to think of it as a smarter assignment, requiring more insight and diligence than other divisions at KCPD.
Olivia was a third generation cop, like two of her three brothers. And the third one worked in the medical examiner's office. After two years in a uniform, five years in vice and the past year working cold cases, she'd learned that killers who'd eluded capture and thought they'd gotten away with murder often proved to be more devious and more dangerous than any other criminal out there. It was her job to track down those killers and finally get justice for those forgotten victims whose memory often died with their closest family and friends.
So why was she here to assist two perfectly capable detectives when there was a stack of her own investigations back at HQ to sort through?
"There must be a connection to one of our dead file cases. But if there is, I don't see it yet." She glanced up at her new partner, Jim Parkerback from the dead himself after a particularly harrowing undercover assignment for the Missouri Bureau of Investigation. "Do you?"
Jim's green eyes surveyed the room the way she had. "I recognize Ron Kober from the newspapers. Besides owning a Top 50 company here in KC, he helped get Adrian McCoy elected to the State Senate a few years back. Looks like he was doing pretty well on his own, without the senator."
Olivia arched a dark eyebrow. "Until today."
She liked Jim well enough, respected his reputation as a cop, appreciated that he got her sarcastic sense of humor. But after that humiliating debacle with her last partner, learning to trust him was hard. Thankfully, Jim was a newlywed, completely crazy about his wife, Natalie, and showed nothing but a friendly professional interest in his relationship with Olivia. Still, she found herself thinking about her words before she spoke to him, guarding her thoughts and feelings, which was no mean task for a woman with her volatile Irish roots.
"A man with this kind of money probably has plenty of enemies," Jim suggested.
An angle which she was sure the lead detectives were already exploring. Still didn't explain why she and Jim were here. She looked back dowPolitical intrigue, an undercover investigation and a very mutual attraction
As the Kansas City Police Department's archenemy, reporter Gabriel Knight never expected to need its help. But the sexy journalist suspects the death of a politician's aide will shed light on the long-unsolved murder of his fiancée. He demands to team up with tough, beautiful detective Olivia Watson. Sharing a mutual distrustand a disturbingly mutual attractionGabe and Olivia discover that someone's working hard to keep old secrets buried and stop their investigation dead. But as they come closer to the truth they edge closer to each other. Until now, neither has had room in their livesor heartsfor a relationship. Yet all that could change
if Gabe can prevent them from becoming tomorrow's headline.