Meet the young Detective Kevin Byrne, rising star of the Philadelphia police force.
Christmas Eve, 1988. Partnered with streetwise veteran Frankie Sheehan, Byrne is called out on a freezing night to investigate the brutal assault of a young woman in a crime-ridden neighbourhood, The Devil's Pocket.
There, with the rest of the city celebrating, relentless rookie Byrne must step out from his partner's shadow to outwit a terrifying predator on the same vicious city streets he will later revisit with his future partner, Jessica Balzano.
Christmas eve 1988. A woman has been brutally assaulted. Covered in blood, she is taken to the ICU in critical condition.
Detective Kevin Byrne and his veteran colleague Frankie Sheehan start their investigation. Leads take them to a tavern located in a small Philly neighbourhood called Devil's Pocket. Who is the culprit? Will they find him?
This was a good story but since it's very short there was no time for the author to build on the characters. I know that these detectives feature in other novels by the author but not having read any of these books I couldn't reach any affinity with them. I found it rather untenable to have the case solved in just a few hours.