Chicago police officers fight crime and each other.
When Olivia Hart is transferred to the SWAT team, her partner, Sgt. Frank Leal, is left lumbered with a computer-geek intern and a former canine officer, a ventriloquist who uses his glove as a puppet. Ollie isn’t happy either, but she can’t tell Frank that her transfer to SWAT is at the instigation of the Internal Affairs Division, which is convinced that members of the SWAT team are stealing some of the money and drugs they’ve confiscated. The politically motivated citywide crackdown on drugs could lead to higher office for the police chief and the head of IAD, who are both desperate for success. Meanwhile, a homicide in a motel turns into a hot case for Frank when he discovers that the dead man is a former TV actor who was apparently involved in a kinky, drug-fueled sexual liaison gone bad. Ollie, a serious bodybuilder, has no trouble getting through SWAT school, but her romance with a fellow police officer runs into trouble when he wants to move to a different city to be near his prison-bound brother. While Frank uses all his resources to crack the motel homicide and the rest of his caseload, Ollie goes on several raids, but sees nothing suspicious. Their paths converge when they lead back to the same drug lord, a formidable figure who threatens their careers and lives.
Black’s third procedural (Hostile Takeovers, 2009, etc.) uses his 30 years of police experience to ballast a credible and often exciting tale.