On Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's thirty-second birthday,
she gets an unusual gift: a homicide call out. The crime scene: the
elite Hillside neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The victim: hotshot
investigative reporter Percy Crenshaw, who has been bludgeoned to death
in his carport. Tensions in the city have been running high. The previous
week, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed mother of two in what
he claims was self-defense; in the aftermath, protestors have waged
increasingly agitated anti-police protests. Crenshaw's death, it seems,
is not unrelated: within a matter of hours, police arrest two young
men who appear to have embarked on a crime spree in the aftermath of
the protests. The case looks straightforward, especially when one of
the suspects confesses. But then the man recants, claiming coercive
police tactics, and Samantha finds herself digging for more evidence.
Following Crenshaw's steps, her search leads her through an elaborate
maze of connections between the city's drug trade and officers in the
bureau's north precinct.
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