Ever dreamed of winning the lottery? One of those massive, life-altering purses? Join Keith Whipple and his daughter, Kate, as they do just that, netting $10 million in a single-winner draw. Share in their excitement, the dreams that leap into their lives fully formed, suddenly within easy reach. But that kind of money, the heady sense of power it brings, do we control it? Or does it control us?
"A Dark and Twisted Path"
From the introduction to Philadelphia Noir: "America's first great city, first capital, and first industrial metropolis contained from the beginning the mix of poor workers and elite culture, of ethnic enclaves and religious intolerance, of easy skullduggery and flesh-pot possibilities, that led Lincoln Steffens in 1903 to famously rule it 'corrupt and contented'."
Two police officers have been brutally killed by having their throats ripped out, but the wound appears to have been done with surgical precision. With no witnesses, no forensic evidence, and two bizarre clues to follow, the case falls to Inspector Duke Becker, head of the high profile Special Investigations Unit, Homicide. Becker and his squad must find the killer before more cops are murdered. The case will lead Becker on a wild chase through the streets of New York City, back over 15 years into the past and to a cover-up that will rock City Hall.
"Can't wait for the next one!"
What would you do if you had been falsely imprisoned? What would you do if while in prison your wife and your children had been brutally murdered and no one cared? For Samuel Maxwell, the decision was easy. He would spend his time in prison learning everything he could to carry out his plan for revenge. Duke Becker is called to Police Chief Rockwell's office because a letter of prophetic murder has come true, and the Chief is sure that more will follow, including one meant for him.
Inspector Duke Becker and his squad are having a few weeks of peace and quiet when a case is brought to the squad by Detective Michelle Goldman. A fellow Detective has been investigating a baffling homicide, and Goldman believes the Special Investigations Unit, Homicide, might be able to help out. When another homicide is discovered along with a second strange object left behind by the killer, Inspector Becker and his squad move into high gear.
Inspector Duke Becker and the Special Investigations Unit, Homicide, are down one man - Bobby Green is now on a medical retirement and working as a private investigator. He and Michelle Goldman can now have a real relationship, and things are looking up until a frightened conductor comes to see Green.