The Broken Trail by Dominika Best (Harriet Harper Thriller Book 3)
English | 2020| Mystery/Thriller| ePUB | 2.9 MB
Dominika Best is the author of The Haunting of Sunshine House in her Ghosts of Los Angeles Series. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter and two huskies, where ghosts are right around the corner.
Cold Case Detective Harriet “Harri” Harper has done what she swore to do almost twenty-years ago: find her sister and bring her home. But, she hasn’t brought her sister’s killer to justice and that keeps her up at night. Now back at work at the Los Angeles Police Department, she works her caseload while hunting her sister’s killers at night with the help of Jake Tepesky, a former FBI profiler.
When a young woman’s body is found in the home of a well-known Hollywood producer, Harri is assigned the case because of its high profile suspect. As she begins to uncover the secrets of the young woman and the world that she ran in, Harri stumbles across a link to the Eugene, Oregon case that she barely survived.
Still dealing with the professional and personal repercussions from the Oregon case, Harri doesn’t know whom to turn to and trust. Every move she makes is scrutinized and questioned both by her superiors and the media. And then another body is found.
When the case takes a dangerous turn, Harri must decide what sacrifices she’s willing to make. Her and Jake’s careers are on the line and they are not the only things at risk.
LAPD Detective Harriet ‘Harri’ Harper sat at the Nickel Diner flipping through her latest cold case while she waited on Detective Jackie Render for lunch. As a detective in the Cold Case Homicide Special Section (CCHSS) of the Robbery-Homicide division of the Los Angeles Police Department, Harri took on cases that had gone cold, using new techniques like DNA matching to bring justice to long-forgotten victims. Her current cases included a woman strangled in her apartment in 2004 and a drive-by murder in Hollywood in 2000. Neither of them would be solved by running DNA.
The cold case haunting her the most though, she hadn’t solved. Not yet. She had found her decades-missing older sister’s body some months back up in an Oregon national forest. Now, she needed to find and bring to justice who pulled the trigger.
“Sorry, I’m late Harri,” Detective Jackie Render said as she plopped down in the seat next to hers. “Working lunch?”
Harri smiled at her friend. As usual, Jackie was perfectly manicured with her hair swept back in a groomed ponytail and bright red nails with red lipstick to match. Harri had once asked how Jackie could look so put together with two small girls at home while working Special Assault Section (SAS) of the Robbery-Homicide division. SAS dealt mainly with Sexual Assault, the most disturbing cases in the department in Harri’s estimation.
“Something like that,” Harri said.
“If you don’t mind me saying so, you look like shit,” Jackie said.
Harri smoothed down the brown strands of hair escaping out of her own ponytail.
“But you’ve had a rough few months.” Jackie shrugged.
“I finally found her,” Harri said. She hadn’t spoken to Jackie since she’d gotten back from Oregon several months ago. She’d kept a low profile after the shitstorm she’d dealt with at the LAPD. Special Agent Nick McNarin, who’d been in charge of the missing boys case up in Oregon, had called everyone he knew in LA to get rid of her after her investigation into her sister’s disappearance collided with his dormant investigation of a number of boys who’d gone missing in the same area. Harri thought he should be appreciative that she’d practically solved both cases, but McNarin didn’t see it that way.