The Grand Master of the cop thriller returns to the LAPD - for the first time in 20 years - in a gripping new novel about life in the country's most sensational police force. They call their sergeant the Oracle - a seasoned LAPD veteran who keeps a close watch over his squad from his understaffed office at Hollywood Station. They are Budgie Polk, a 27 year-old firecracker who's teamed with Fausto Gamboa, the oldest patrol officer. Andi McCrea, a single mom who spends her days studying at the local community college. Wesley Drubb, a university drop-out who joined the force to 'see some action'. Flotsam and Jetsam, two surfer boys who pine after the petite but intrepid Meg Takara. And Hank Driscoll, the one who shuts up. Together they spend their days and nights in the cty's underbelly, where a string of unrelated events lures the cops to their most starling case yet - and a reminder that nothing's too horrific or twisted for Los Angeles.