LAPD homicide detective Kate Delafield, a gay woman working on a
homophobic police force, is shot when she serves a warrant on a teenage
suspect with a history of violence. During the ensuing melee, not only is
Kate hurt, but the suspect, who had a gun in his possession, is killed.
The investigators, who look into any shooting, quickly realize that Kate
was shot by friendly fire. They begin to wonder if this shooting might be
the deliberate act of a gay basher.
Kate cannot even heal in peace. She receives an urgent call from
fellow officer Luke Taggert, who is on suspension for killing an unarmed
civilian. Luke insists that he is innocent and being set up because he
exposed a corrupt cop years ago. Luke also tells Kate that his deceased
partner, was not the victim of a robbery gone bad. He asks her to look
into both cases, though he hides from her the fact that his partner was
about to reveal the identify of many homosexual officers.
APPARITION ALLEY is a well written police procedural with a unique
perspective: the alleged perpetrator is a police officer. This provides
the audience to glimpse into the political maneuvering and social biases
prevalent in the police force. The novel also indicts those individuals who
pervert the "serve and protect" credo for their own end. This provoking
novel is the one tree that stands out in the forest of recent police
procedurals. It is a multi-layered novel, rich in characterizations and
sub-plots that lead to a strong reader empathy. Katherine V. Forrest
deserves to be recognized as an outstanding talent.