Modesta Quinn encounters a baffling high-tech burglary in the first novel-length installment of Juliet Nordeen's small-town-girl-makes-a-good-cop series.
Rookie sheriff's deputy Modesta Quinn is a natural at the job. Brave. Focused. Insightful.
With an hour left in her shift patrolling the back roads of idyllic Kitsap County, Washington State, Quinn is dispatched to a burglary call. A lonely barn tucked off in the woods turns out to be a massive cannabis growing operation called Enchanted Gardens.
Though it's a legally sanctioned business, having to protect and serve a drug operation really tweaks Quinn's nose. She finds it difficult to give a damn about the farm's obscenely rude, ridiculously wealthy owners. Who cares if they got robbed? They're basically drug dealers. Besides, they're insured.
On the other hand, Quinn finds herself unable to stop worrying about Celeste and Ziggy Mayer, the married couple who run the business. It's clear the Mayers love the farm and its quirky cadre of employees as if it were all their own.
When the circumstances of the heist reveal that some really smart, really bad guys have gotten their hands on millions of dollars of drugs they shouldn't have it adds up to a wrong Quinn needs to see corrected. But patrol deputies -- espeially rookie patrol deputies -- are expected to write it up, pass it along, and forget it.