Sophie DeMusa had plans. Finish college. Go to med school. Save the world. She never planned to be in a hospital bed, in a coma after ingesting too many pills. The homicide detective standing over her didn't plan to be there either. After all, she wasn't dead.
Detective Jesus De La Cruz was ready to turn away from the sad story of a suicide attempt. When his AA sponsor, Dr. Oscar Bollier, pressed, Cruz begrudgingly agreed to investigate. It should have been an open-and-shut case.
Except, if it was suicide, why were there two different 911 calls?
As Cruz digs into the weeks and months before Sophie's hospitalization, he unearths a twisted knot of reality and perception. A sex scandal, a jilted lover, a callous director, a rainmaker, and a quid pro quo all made decisions and took actions that affected Sophie's life. But did one of them try to kill her? The facts have Cruz questioning if there is such a thing as an innocent man.
Truth is a strong rope, tied in a noose. As he closes in, the knot tightens, but who will pay the price? A killer or a member of Cruz's own family?
Down & Out Books, 9781643960876, 294pp.
Publication Date: July 6, 2020