According to the book description of Detective Lessons, "When a
wealthy real estate developer convinces Orange County Sheriffs Deputy Kevin
Schmidt to search for his missing son, Schmitty senses trouble. Its not the
fact that its a prohibited side job, its the fact that he has to team up with
Megan McCann, an attractive private investigator with her own set of rules.
Finding a body in the trunk of a BMW sends Schmitty and Megan on an adrenalized
trail through Southern California unraveling a sophisticated real estate scam. A
run-in with the LAPD and some hardcore gang members opens new perspectives on
the case, and they begin to glimpse a shocking web of greed and corruption.
situation suddenly becomes more complex - and personal when the billionaire
takes matters into his own hands and Schmittys own department gets involved.
When Schmitty and Megan go to Catalina Island to track down the one man who may
know everything, they uncover a secret that could make or break the billionaire.
And when Schmitty miscalculates the man, it could get them killed. Before all
this, Schmitty had been unfairly outcast in his department. Now hes here to
protect and serve. To make justice prevail and figure out who to bring down."
According to the description of The Highlands (A Short Story),
"LAPD Detective Trainee C.P. Mata is called to assist with a homicide
investigation in The Highlands, an upscale neighborhood in the Pacific
Palisades. The victim is a local man whose body was found in some bushes. The
investigation leads them to a friend of the victim, an attractive single woman
who comes up with her own suspect. Detectives convince her to help them set up a
sting to catch the killer. It catches much more than they anticipated and it
catapults Mata into a career as a homicide detective."
According to the description of The Deep End (A Short Story), "As
a reluctant favor to his cousin, Orange County Sheriffs Deputy Schmitty
Schmidt attends a snazzy fundraiser at an exclusive waterfront home on Lido Isle
in Newport Beach. But its not what he bargained for when he finds a drowning
man in the pool and has to jump into action. It turns out that theres a killer
on the loose at the party and Schmitty goes on a personal mission to figure out
who it is before he disappears."
According to the description of Shadow Truth (a Novella), "A
deadly boat explosion in Newport Harbor looks like an accident, but Orange
County Sheriffs Deputy Kevin Schmitty Schmidt soon finds himself in the
middle of a homicide investigation that raises questions about his relationship
to the victims wife. Pitted against enemies inside the OCSD, Schmitty races to
follow his own investigative instincts. Schmitty learns that the victim had
invented a new lie detector, giving the investigation new importance. The
traditional polygraph was invented in the 1920s and although its evolved,
scientists, courts, and critics know it isnt perfect. A clever liar can
manipulate anybody and any machine until now. This new lie detector cant be
beat. But it threatens a new future, and a lot of people will do anything to get
their hands on this technology."
According to the description of OC Confidential (a Short Story),
"Newport Beach, California is an epicenter of rich and powerful people with more
than their share of secrets behind their mansion walls. Guy Spears life is on
the downslide, but when hes not boozing hard, hes got a real talent for
planting bugs and tracking devices. So he decides to set up shop there. His
business plan? Record infidelities and get cheaters to pay him extortion money.
He promises to keep the secret and youll never hear from him again. Easy money,
right? Only until he meets his match."