In the chaotic aftermath of a massive earthquake that leveled much of the Los Angeles region, a LAPD deputy chief sends an elite team of detectives on a rescue mission. They are ordered to set aside all law enforcement duties, to ignore the destruction and to focus on one task: Find LAPD Detective Gavin Shaw, who disappeared just before the earthquake.
Kevin “Schmitty” Schmidt of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department joins five others on the rescue team. With rioting, looting, attacks and homicides rampant in the streets, the six cops have to defend themselves while chasing down leads on the whereabouts of Shaw. The mission takes them through the dizzying war zone and the more they encounter, the more they wonder why they are searching for one man in these extreme circumstances. Why is this man so important to the deputy chief, and why now?
Schmitty discovers that others with high connections are also after Shaw. The questions pile even higher when they learn of a shadowy history between Shaw and the deputy chief. A history with deadly consequences for the team as they uncover a threat that elevates the mission to a race against time.
Bill Larkin writes crime fiction and is the author of two highly-acclaimed books: Bullet in the Blue Sky and Detective Lessons. He has also written several short stories, including The Highlands and Shadow Truth, both Amazon category bestsellers. Bill previously served as a reserve with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, then the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked in four different divisions and a detective assignment. Bill is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.
This story starts out as a detective involved in a case. He then has to put that on hold to find Schmitty. Schmitty is an important character that has some important information. What could be so important that so many people are looking for him? Could it be who he is? What he saw? or maybe what or who he knows. Either way I got the impression that he had the answers. The journey to find him was not easy. Laced with danger and an unfriendly set of criminals were only the beginning. As I was reading I could not believe how much trouble it was to find this guy. Once they found him and his information was shared, I understood why. There is a lot of other stuff going on in this story as well. There are earthquakes, terrorists, a traitor and of course dead bodies. There was a great twist at the end as well. This is a great book that has a great plot, great characters and great action. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy, all opinions are my own.