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M. J. HATCH
In this first of the Murder Most series, the reader dives into the wealthy Southern California city of NEWPORT BEACH, the home of senior detective JAKE SWANSON. Unwilling to work too hard when there are waves to surf, and bars to cruise, Jake's comfortable life is turned upside down when his city is rocked by two murders in less than 24 hours. Other than the color of their hair, the victims apparently have nothing in common--one is a returning socialite trailing scandal everywhere she goes, and the other is a child-like teenager just looking for a party. Unfortunately for Jake, he had contact with both victims just prior to their deaths. When two of Jake's known associates fall under suspicion complicity begins to flow heavily in his direction. He is forced to partner with the newly-minted detective, Melissa Sanchez, a former drug enforcement officer, who is not only hot the trail of a shipment of drugs from Venezuela, but disdains Jake and the decadent lifestyle he embraces. Derision and sparks fly between Jake and his new partner as he comes to terms with his age, her youth, and the unsolved murders that point heavily in the direction of Jake's landlord and close friend, endangering his luxurious life-style.