A Very Private High School
Santa Monica, California, is home to the homeless, a city of haves and have nots, ripe for dirty politicians, psychopathic homeowners, car thieves, and celebrity troublemakers. A vicious carjacking maims a firefighter that Homicide Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department used to tomcat around with.
Carjackers up the stakes when a hit-and-run linked to them leads Mason to an elite private high school where a boiling controversy is already erupting over financial shenanigans. A hit-and-run fatality of the school’s administrator leads Mason to take a very close look at student activities and fundraising practices at the very private school.
What he finds ties together some seeming coincidences that make this story much bigger than the puzzling violent deaths. The investigation suggests the school's director likes bad boys and dark, hidden places. On sketchy evidence, Mason needs to convince the brass that funds from the embezzlement are filtering into an international theft operation. Everything changes when Ginger, the love of Mason’s life--and the school’s fundraiser-- disappears.
About Mar Preston (Fresno, California Author)
I never wanted to hang out in a cop bar, or be a cop, but I’ve always been fascinated with police work. Most law enforcement jobs offer burst of excitement, danger, and thrilling action—in contrast to the way I made my living working on academic social science research projects.
Oh, the work had its own set of puzzles and intrigues, its own small excitements. But I relish the dark side, a bit of noir, semi-hardboiled in fiction-- the thrill me, chill me, scare-me-to-death aspect.
In my fictional life I can dance on the dark side, speed into a dark alley after midnight, insult a gang banger or talk back to a cop with impunity. I can be 32 and 5 foot ten. I can have a romance with a hard-bodied cop who can dance the tango. Goodness will prevail over evil and the villain will be punished.