Humdrum first novel introducing marriage-weary, work-weary Sacramento homicide cop Stu Reddman--here stalking a serial killer specializing in gorgeous, wealthy women, all of them sexually abused after death, and all possessing an identical coded notebook. Reddman's case intersects with two others--a giant who's stealing pies and cash at convenience stores, and a rigged poker game on a porn merchant's premises (gambling debts led to a recent cop suicide, so the police are eager to close the place fast). The porn merchant, it seems, has hired the pie thief to snuff the girls--his former string of hookers who swindled him out of three million bucks. Much siren-wailing later, the cops close in, but not in time to save the sleaze-king from a revenge-minded hooker. Despite the lavishly embellished murders, a routine treatment of a psycho killer, a sicko lowlife, and cops on the make--like a sexed-up version of a Collin Wilcox procedural.