Suicide or accidental death -- or murder? Homicide had accepted the verdict of closed case of suicide, but the Church disagreed, in the person of victim, Rosa Mendez' family priest, Father Shanley. Detective-Sergeant Golden and the priest came close to adding to the problem of unsolved murder by digging into areas that a corrupt city government rked out of bounds. Two more violent deaths -- some unwarranted arrests- a kidnapping various cases of assault added up to a slick piece of unofficial investigation which eventually solves the mystery. Summer in Southern California for the setting.