book one of the Bo Austen-Taylor series
After dedicating right around sixty-five percent of his life to forensics, Bo Austen-Taylor has been given the largest and most terrifying promotion of his life: replacing Jamal Pitman as the LAPD’s Chief of Police. Of course, Jamal Pitman is a man of many trades, and Bo has taken over all of them, including the allied relationship with the mob.
Bo and his family leave for Clinstone, Minnesota after Bo’s first week on the job. Dividing his time in Clinstone between a homicide, everything going on in L.A., and his family, Bo can’t help but have a difficult time adjusting.
His first genuine homicide case in Clinstone in several months is the body of a teenager, stabbed to death outside of a bar. The knife is in the dumpster, covered in the killer’s fingerprints. Although no DNA is left behind, a single calling card is: a happy face sticker.
With his priorities split between three jobs, his family, a mafia, and his newfound control of all the men that used to take orders from Jamal, focusing long enough on just one is a hard task for Bo. But he doesn’t have a choice, no matter how many late nights it takes. As long as the killer can get her hands on a victim, as long as she can keep changing her appearance, there’ s no catching The Happy Face Killer.
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