Perfect Cover

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Pocket Books, Oct 1, 1997 - Fiction - 320 pages
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An up-to-the-minute look at the world of corrupt cops through a woman's eyes, Perfect Cover takes readers onto the streets of New York in riveting detail. Special Investigator Tina Paris, modeled on co-author St. George, retains just enough of her Catholic upbringing to "still believe in the mission - something about the little guy and the integrity of the criminal justice system." Having grown up in New York City housing projects, she's seen little guys get hurt every day. "Harry, my ex-live-in, used to say I had a martyr complex. That with my Puerto Rican mother and Italian father I had no choice - if I wasn't going to be a nun, I had to be a saint." Whether she's dolled up in a skimpy black dress to go undercover to a mob-infiltrated dinner, or out on the streets looking for witnesses to a killing in a Brooklyn gambling den, Tina has her antenna out for predators, especially the ones in blue whose violation of the public trust is particularly venal. At the same time that she gets a break on a case involving a drug-dealing cop on the loose in one of the city's roughest neighborhoods - a case with racial and political overtones - a "pretty boy" rapist grabs the headlines. His specialty, a horrifying version of Russian roulette, is terrorizing women all over New York; and his taunt-filled faxes sent to the police department's public affairs office hit Tina close to home. When these two cases intersect, the danger and suspense in Perfect Cover rise to a pulse-pounding pitch. This street-smart portrait of the cracks in our criminal justice system is as scary and compelling as real life.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A police uniform is the perfect cover in this taut, highly polished procedural, novelized from St. George's experiences in New York City as an undercover investigator for the NY State special ... Read full review


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Linda Chase is the author of Surfing Women of the Waves and grew up in Las Vegas. She lives in California.

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