Setting out to find the “client” who set her up, Bowman gets friendly with the hunky Dr. Rassmussen—and gets unfriendly with a couple of ne’er-do-well thugs for hire. As her investigation takes her closer to an enticing stash of high-priced ice, it’s up to Bowman and an army of guardian street people to save her reputation and her life.
"[Rawls's] new heroine is a keeper who will hopefully be investigating lots more criminal shenanigans on her Florida home turf."—Mystery Scene
"Readers will be reminded of the older Robert B. Parker detective novels where the P.I.s were wise beyond their years, dressed like 'dandy's, and were good with their fists when reading this novel. Why? Because the author has done a fine job of putting the fun and humor back into the very cool mystery genre!"—Suspense Magazine
"With sassy repartee, witty narrative and quirky characters, Randy Rawls gives readers a fun, yet suspenseful read in Hot Rocks."—Fresh Fiction
Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman has had better days. With her long-time partner and mentor on medical leave and a personal life in shambles, she’s called to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder: the body of a known criminal has been found in a deserted warehouse, a snake sewn into his belly. Obvious signs of torture point to a cunning and cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to find what he’s looking for.
When Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene, Wallace expects a hostile takeover of the case. But when a scientist with ties to the victim goes missing from a government lab, she needs Mason’s federal connections as much as he needs her local insight, and the two form an uneasy partnership to solve a case that grows more complicated—and dangerous—by the minute.
Meanwhile, the killer lurks in the shadows with an agenda no one saw coming, and when Wallace and Mason threaten to get in the way they risk losing everything they hold dear. Including their lives.
Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.
Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.
Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances...