Someone is killing wealthy, married—and deeply closeted gay people in deserted parking lots in Washington, D.C. Someone the victims let into their cars late at night. Someone who knows their secret. Five murders on the same day of the month. Police Lieutenant Gianna Maglione, head of the Hate Crimes Unit, has a month to find the killer—or she'll find body #6.But she has another problem in ace newspaper reporter Mimi Patterson, who thinks the public—especially the gay public—has a right to know a serial killer is on the prowl. Until Mimi, Gianna had managed to keep the murders a secret. A newspaper story would create a sensation and likely drive the killer underground. They clash...but only in public. Their private attraction is as dangerous to them as, well, a serial killer. Secrets=Death, and almost everybody has at least one...including cops and reporters.
Half a dozen prostitutes are murdered and the cops aren't looking for a serial killer because who cares? It's just some dead hookers. But one of them has a sister who cares and she makes Lt. Gianna Maglione care. And of of them has a friend who cares, and she makes newspaper reporter Mimi Patterson care. And once more the cop and the reporter butt heads as careers collide and their romance sizzles.
It's a youth-oriented culture and nobody knows that better than a 50-year old woman looking for love. If finding it means moving to Washington, D.C.—OK! New home, new clothes, new job—and a new, secret love. Fantasy becomes reality...until it becomes murder. To Police Lt. Gianna Maglione it's almost the perfect crime. Ace reporter Mimi Patterson wants to know why a woman would die to be loved.
In this intriguing and sophisticated fourth novel of the Mimi/Gianna Mysteries, Mickelbury is masterful in her exploration of the underground lives of the AGs and Doms, the downlow brothas and the hidden world in which they live. Mimi Patterson, the passionate, resourceful investigative reporter and her partner, the impassioned, leader of D.C.'s Hate Crime Unit, Lt. Gianna Maglione find balance with each other while seeking those that hate enough to commit blackmail, rape and murder when darkness descends on the city.