On the surface, except for a strict, ill-tempered step-father, Bridgette Carpenter seems to have everything a teenage girl could want. She has a family, nice clothes and lives in a nice home in a nice middle-class neighborhood. But, if everything is so right, why does everything seem so wrong? Malone decides to find out when he hires on to go after a runaway girl.
Unfortunately, by the time Malone picks up her trail Bridgette has already traveled to a place that seems a million miles away from her nice home in Echo Park. Now she is caught up in the dark world of drugs, pimps, and sexual exploitation—a kind of hell on earth inhabited by people who care only about making a fast buck and savoring forbidden pleasures.
Can Malone find Bridgette in time before she falls victim to appalling, unspeakable acts that will steal her childhood and perhaps her very life?
About the Author
Darter also writes another series featuring T.J. O'Sullivan, a New Zealand born woman working as a private detective in Honolulu, Hawaii. His works incorporate knowledge and experience gained during a 20-year career as a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma and Texas.
Darter was born in Oklahoma. After four years in the U.S. Navy he earned a BS degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army, completed officer candidate school, and served as an Infantry officer.