The third Joe Denali Detective series finds Joe investigating the death of his new office mate’s wife. There’s a problem with this because Joe’s sergeant has assigned the case to another detective. “You’re too close, Denali. Stay out of it.” But can he?Nick Kovak joins Joe and Sandy in their three-person office after Rooster Blackwell’s retirement. Joe shows up at Nick’s house when Nick finds his wife dead in their bed and calls 911. At the scene Joe takes Nick aside to talk to him while other detectives scope out the Novak house.
Nick has a breakdown and is whisked away in an ambulance. When the sergeant asks about the Kovak teenage son, Joe and Sandy try to find him but he is missing. That’s when Joe does what he always does: disobeys orders and seeks evidence on his own.Joe has concerns with his new wife, Juliann and their young son. His ex-wife, Beth, has remarried and has brought his six-year-old daughter Rosie to live with her new husband and his two daughters.
All problems have to be set aside when Rosie tells him she’s being followed.