Tired of working undercover narcotics, police detective Ken Goode wants a transfer to homicide. After the Camus-reading surfer finds the body of a beautiful woman in an alley, he is assigned to head a team of relief detectives with the hopes of proving he is homicide-worthy.
As Goode explores the underbelly of the affluent coastal enclave of La Jolla, California, and its hipster neighbor, Pacific Beach, he clashes with the patrons and employees of a neighborhood bar: real estate agents and beauty school students who have possible ties to an escort service and a drug ring – and keep turning up dead. The untimely disappearance of Goode’s sister proves a worrisome distraction as he chases suspects and a dogged cub reporter chases him. In this intricately-layered plot, Rother’s characters use substances or other people to try to fill the empty spaces within themselves, with addictions ranging from sex, alcohol, cocaine and cigarettes to Goode’s own, caffeine and damaged women.
From the book: “Goode’s eyes followed the ivory feet up a pair of long legs to see it was not a mannequin, but the crumpled body of a raven-haired young woman, stunning even in death. Goode kneeled down to take a closer look. She was wearing a man’s shirt, white with red pinstripes. And nothing else. Her lower abdomen was marked with purple blotches, as if two hands had grabbed her and squeezed. Her neck was bruised and patches of skin were ripped away, as if she’d been strangled. The red fingernails on one hand were ragged at the ends, like they’d been broken off during a struggle. The kid suddenly reached out to touch the girl’s shirt, but Goode grabbed his wrist before he could make contact. ‘Don’t touch anything,’ Goode said. ‘This is a crime scene now…'”
“With a journalist’s eye for the telling details of life, Caitlin Rother is a keen architect of the most important part of storytelling: character….The people in her prose grip you tightly with their truth.”– Michael Connelly, NYT bestselling crime novelist.
“NAKED ADDICTION is a strong debut from a perceptive and unflinching writer. … Detailed and tightly focused, the story unfolds on the sun-drenched but dangerous streets of San Diego.””–T. Jefferson Parker, NYT best-selling crime novelist.
“Caitlin Rother walked the walk as an award-winning journalist, and now she talks the talk in her debut novel NAKED ADDICTION. … Rother’s honed reportorial eye gives us the five W’s of murder set out on turf she knows so well.”–Alan Russell, author of Burning Man.
“Caitlin Rother’s first novel is an excellent police procedural.”–Genre Go Round Reviews.
“Outcome of this suspense will keep you guessing. “The convolutions in NAKED ADDICTION will keep you uncertain of the end right until the final pages.””–Fresh Fiction.
“Rother, a prize-winning journalist, showcases her fiction skills with multi-layered characters, a skillfully conceived mystery and a narrative structure that allows readers to see parts of the action from different points of view. …Best of all, the ending leaves a fine set-up for the next episode.”–Romantic Times.
About the author: New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother, who is working on her 10th and 11th books, wrote NAKED ADDICTION on weekends while she was still a working investigative newspaper reporter – and before she became a published author. After the release of POISONED LOVE, her first and bestselling narrative non-fiction crime book, she was able to take her knowledge of homicide investigative procedures and rework NAKED ADDICTION. With the help of a critique by renowned crime novelist Michael Connelly, she was finally able to get it published in 2007. It only took 17 years. Unfortunately, the book went out of print and then the original publisher went into bankruptcy on the eve of a scheduled re-release. Now, Rother is thrilled to be able to bring this novel – her first and only so far – back to life with WildBlue Press, introducing a whole new genre of writing to readers who have already discovered Rother’s other books or who are just finding her here and now.
From the author: While I was still a full-time working journalist, I can’t tell you how much I dreamed of getting a book published. It became an obsession. I wrote and rewrote and resubmitted until it finally came true. And then after all that hard work, the book went out of print all too quickly. So you can imagine how excited I am to be able to share my baby with you once more, the very first book that I ever wrote, which encompasses many of the same themes in the true crime cases I have written about since: sex, addiction, mental illness, and murder. One day, with your encouragement and support, I may even finish the sequel.
For more information about Rother, please visit her website at http://caitlinrother.com.
Contact Caitlin directly at: [email protected]
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