Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird

Paul Bishop is one of Los Angeles’s most respected cops. For over twenty years he’s played hardball on the streets in what is perhaps the best-known police division in America, and he brings to his Fey Croaker novels the kind of authenticity that only an insider could achieve.

The murder of Alex Waverly, a highly decorated detective assigned to the LAPD's clandestine Anti-Terrorist Division, appears to be an open-and-shut case of domestic violence turned deadly.

Circumstances are not exactly what they seem, however, as Fey Croaker discovers when the chief of police removes responsibility for the investigation from the department's Robbery-Homicide Division and assigns it to her with instructions to wrap it up “quick and tidy. No muss, no fuss.”

Dropped into the middle of a power struggle between the chief of police and Vaughn Harrison, the department's deputy chief in charge of overseeing specialized investigation units—including Robbery-Homicide Division and Alex Waverly's Anti-Terrorist Division—Fey is torn between her loyalty to the Old Guard and following the razor's edge of integrity in a world filled with lies and deceptions.

Struggling to overcome her personal demons, especially the death of her lover, Fey and her appealing crew, the dynamic Arch Hammersmith and Rhonda Lawless (a.k.a. Hammer and Nails), Brindle Jones, Abraham Cohen (a.k.a. Alphabet), and Fey's second-in-command Monk Lawson, courageously search for the truth, no matter what the cost. Racing to stay ahead of the rising body count, they quickly become moving targets in their struggle to stop a south-of-the-border terrorist from striking at the very heart of Los Angeles.

Riveting in its plausibility, Tequila Mockingbird confirms Paul Bishop's place among the best of the police thriller writers and shows Fey Croaker and her team at the top of their form. Welcome aboard, fans of Joseph Wambaugh and William Caunitz. Paul Bishop has arrived.
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  • Scribner | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476777085 | 
  • December 2013
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Read an Excerpt

Chapter 0ne

April Waverly pushed open the heavy glass entrance doors and walked into the
cavernous lobby of Parker Center. She had been inside the Los Angeles Police
Department's headquarters building only once before, but her determination wiped
away her usual self-doubts and stifled any feelings of intimidation.
In the center of the lobby, several uniformed officers stood behind a wooden
counter, which formed a square around them. April approached without hesitation.
"Can I help you?" one of the uniformed officers asked. He didn't appear very
interested in talking to a pregnant Hispanic woman who looked as if she... see more

About the Author

Paul Bishop

Paul Bishop is a twenty-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. He currently supervises the West Los Angeles Sex Crimes and Major Assault Crimes units. His previous assignments include a three-year tour with the department's Anti-Terrorist Division and ten years' experience in the investigation of sex crimes. Twice honored as Detective of the Year, he has published six novels, including the two previous Fey Croaker procedurals, Kill Me Again and Twice Dead. He lives in Southern California.

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