This book introduces the series character, Meg Gillis. She is an ex-cop, a cop's widow, and the partner in a home/business security firm with another ex-cop. She's not a lighthearted, wisecracking heroine. She's had a lot of pain in her life and it has scarred her. Her partner disappears, possibly due to what looks like involvement with police corruption, and she becomes a suspect. The story chronicles her ever-changing role in the investigation and her dealings with the complex personalities involved.
What intrigued me by this book, as I got further and further into it was that my impression of Meg Gillis was being built up by her words and actions, not by an author-provided description of her looks or her setting. It seemed to me that Ms. Songer really managed to describe the mindset of an ex-cop, one who views the world from the feminine perspective rather than the masculine, but who is forced deal with the masculine preconceptions of the cop's world.
The writing style in this book is spare and to the point. You have to pay attention to the nuances of the characters. This serves to create tension nicely and forces you to try to puzzle out what is exactly going on, and who, if anyone, Meg can trust. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story, and the pace is maintained throughout the book. This was a good debut novel about an interesting character, and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series.