When porn producer Sal Turbit is found dead in his apartment, no one seems to care. No one, that is, except Detective Lynette Wilton. Lynette has been a homicide detective for only three months, and has yet to earn her stripes.
Murder is murder no matter who the victim is - and Lynette is out to catch a killer.
Could the killer be Wanda Chambers, a mentally ill woman who hates the “scumbags” who prey on the vulnerable? Wanda’s beloved sister, Cathy, was one such woman. Cathy became a porn actress and then took her own life when her sleazy manager/boyfriend, Gil Lee, wouldn’t let her go.
Lynette’s sergeant doesn’t think it’s possible. Wanda has a debilitating illness. But Lynette believes that Wanda’s hatred and harsh childhood make her a prime suspect, and she proves it by catching Wanda in the act of attempting to shoot Lee.
Renowned defense lawyer Maxine Swayman takes on Wanda’s case; Maxine has a different view of the accused. She wants to help Wanda get the help that she needs and it’s not going to happen in a prison cell.
As the trial proceeds, will Maxine prevail and save Wanda or will Lynette be able to tie Wanda to Turbit’s murder as well?
When sleazy porn producer Sal Turbit is found murdered in his apartment, police officer Lynette Wilton quickly assumes that Wanda Chambers is the killer.
Wanda's sister, Cathy, was a porn actress and Sal's girlfriend and client and had committed suicide. As Lynette trails Cathy, she catches her trying to kill Sal's friend, Gil, and arrests her. Wanda hires Maxime Swayman as her lawyer and they go to court on charges of attempted murder.
This is the first book I've read by this author and it was okay. It was a quick read and very high level ... it could have been fleshed out more. I liked that it was set in Toronto.
The characters all had their own dramas going on. Wanda is tortured by the death of her beautiful sister and still has regular conversations with her. She hates men and has had a rough life. Maxine is dating an older divorced surgeon who seems perfect. Lynette lives on a farm north of Toronto with her mother. She is tormented by nightmares every night where she wakes up screaming. She wants to know more about her father, who took off to Alberta (never to be heard from again) before she was born but her mother won't talk about it. I found her mother's reluctance to talk about her father odd since Lynette did have a right to know about him.