Loy Lombard doesn't believe in angels. She doesn't believe in silver linings, fairy tales, or men in white hats. But she does believe in wisecracking, trusting a handful of people, and sending herself off to sleep with an old movie and a bottle of aged whiskey. And above all, she believes in not being a snitch. Loy was the best and brightest homicide detective in Charlotte, N.C., until she pleaded the Fifth in a scandalous trial against her bighearted partner, Sam McLean. Loy thinks her homicide days are long over until Ross McKenna shows up at her door. McKenna, head of the conservative American Family Freedom Campaign, doesn't know Loy is a lesbian; he only knows she was the South's best detective in her day, and he needs her to take care of a very big problem. His boss, former Republican senator Jasper Slade, is accused of murdering a gay hustler found slashed to death in Slade's bed. In McKenna's world that's the equivalent of Armageddon.
As Loy - torn between her conscience and her desire to be a part of the biggest murder case in the country - attempts to clear Slade's name, she finds herself the unlikely pawn in a dirty war waged by the politics of greed, secrets, and lies...and a sultry redheaded reporter by the name of Hunter Lyle. And maybe, just maybe, she starts to believe in angels.
"Meet the unforgettable Loy Lombard. When this tough ex-cop gets her teeth into a case--watch out! She's a pitbull PI...with a well-disguised soft center."--Claire McNab, creator of the Carol Ashton and Denise Cleever mysteries