The Left-Handed Policeman (#1)
A killer is on the loose in Beverly Hills. Late at night, as moguls, starlets, actors, and rock stars head home after a night on the town, a Corvette pulls up beside a Rolls-Royce at a traffic light. A gun goes off—and another of Hollywood’s elite lies dead. Beverly Hills cowers in terror. It’s up to Police Lt. Nicky Rachmaninoff— reluctant cop, ex-hippie, divorced father, and the meanest left-handed jazz pianist in all L.A—to trap the murderer before he dispatches all of Southern California’s rich and famous.
“The battle of wits and nerves that unfolds in this expertly paced novel as Nicky struggles to snare the serial killer, keep his job, and juggle an increasingly complex love life make for compelling reading . . . In Nicky Rachmaninoff [Robert Westbrook has] created one of the most engaging new detective heroes since Joseph Wambaugh got philosophical. About the only thing that cushions the disappointment of coming to the end of this page-turner is the knowledge that there’s a sequel in the works.” —Wall Street Journal
“The pictures of glitzy L.A., the irony, and the general sexiness make it exciting, funny, and entertaining.” —USA Today
“Westbrook knows the police and he knows Southern California, from the back alleys of Beverly Hills to the Salton Sea. He has a sure feel for the rhythms of Los Angeles, a city that does march to its own drummer, and for the entertainment industry, which, Westbrook reminds us, has been known to swallow its young. The Left-Handed Policeman is a page-turner.” —Philadelphia Inquirer