by Cynthia Chow
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As an investigative reporter for Los Angeles talk radio station KTLK, Carol Childs is at the forefront of the investigation in the Model Slayer murders. While she would normally love to receive the hot tip that a suspect in the murders of three fashion models has been arrested, Carol is stunned that the witness with firsthand knowledge is her pre-med daughter. Cate’s photographer boyfriend Pete Pompidou was taken by the LAPD while they were in his Venice apartment, and she is frantically calling her mother for help. Torn between being a supportive mother and a reporter, Carol manages to question the police while also arranging for Pete to be assisted by the station’s attorney and an investigator. The latter’s involvement is a little problematic, as Carol has never exactly defined her relationship with Gerhardt “Chase” Chasen, and she definitely doesn’t plan to do so in front of her daughter.
Pressured by Cate to prove Pete’s innocence and by her news director to cover the story, Carol begins tracking down the connections between the young women and the photographer. Carol gets a head start when the station’s morning talk show receives a call from a cocktail waitress claiming that Pete couldn’t be guilty; she just ran over the actual killer. The problem arises when the stripclub-working woman refuses to talk to the police, asking Carol to speak to them on her behalf. When the LAPD demands that Carol give up her source for there to be any credibility, she is forced to choose between upholding her professional ethics and possible imprisonment. Pleas from her daughter only adds to Carol’s guilt, with the only choice being to come up with the identity of the real killer before she herself lands in jail for obstruction and defying a judge.
This is a compelling novel that highlights the complicated legal issues regarding a reporter’s ethics and law enforcement. The California Shield law can be overridden by a judge’s direct order, but that doesn’t compare to a mother’s need to help her child. Carol does her best to trust her daughter’s belief in her boyfriend’s innocence, which is why she finds herself investigating strip bars and spending a little too much – or maybe not enough – time with investigator Chase. Their push-pull relationship is as confusing for Chase as it is for her, but the sparks that fly between them is undeniable. The perspective from an investigative reporter continues to be fascinating, and the added complication of having her daughter involved only adds to the complexity. As the mystery kicks into high gear, readers will be unable to resist reading long through the night to its final Breaking News bulletin. Carol is a heroine as relatable as she is admirable, and one can’t help but cheer for her as she strives for personal and professional success.
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