by F. L. Sterling When young Christine van Soolens body is found near the Green River gorge in rural southern King County, Washington, the Sheriffs Department fears that the Green River serial killer, who murdered at least forty-two young women in the late seventies and early eighties, has returned after a sixteen-year hiatus. Detectives John McBride and Al Marino are assigned to the case and quickly rule out any ties to the killings or the jilted boyfriend. As they begin looking elsewhere, the District Attorneys office drops the case, citing lack of evidence. Incensed, Auburn police officer Ron Eaton, a close acquaintance of the van Soolen family, decides to pursue an after-hours investigation. It soon becomes clear why the case was dropped. Hidden secrets come to light that threaten the careers and reputations of prominent government and business leaders, and the safety of McBride and his After Hours group. But can they prove their suspicions? Stonewalled by the system and having exhausted all other options, the gloom and disappointment of failure seems imminent. Until... ABOUT THE AUTHOR A Vietnam veteran, F. L. Sterling lived in several states and overseas before settling in the Northwest in 1973. With a B.A. in communications, he has worked for newspapers in California and Washington and various government agencies subsequent to his retirement. Set in the urbanized sprawl of western Washington, After Hours is his first full-length novel. (2004, paperback, 216 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.