A favor for her ex-husband leads Jill Smith to a blood-soaked crime scene
Someone is stealing hubcaps from the Berkeley police department. An afternoon spent chasing the petty thief leaves beat cop Jill Smith exhausted, flustered, and in no mood to talk when her ex-husband Nat calls asking for a favor. A colleague of his at the county welfare department, Anne Spaulding, is missing. Jill doesn't care about her husband's new crush, but a note of fear in his voice compels her to investigate. She drives to Anne's house, where she finds the back door open, the living room trashed, and the walls caked in dried blood.
Searching the apartment yields few clues. The woman liked make-up, exercise, and credit cards. The only item that points to a possible suspect is a pewter pen, which Jill recognizes as one of Nat's. She has no love for her ex-husband, but is she ready to arrest him for murder?