What do civil liberties and the lottery have to do with each other? Quite a bit when combined into a tightly woven story by Robert Thornhill, author of the Lady Justice series featuring Walt Williams, the oldest cop on the Kansas City police force.
When the winners give a gift of an air-borne drone to the police force and it then helps save the lives of one of them and Walt's wife, Maggie, the drone is hailed as an invaluable tool for crime fighting. However, when the drone is used to spy on a drug deal in an enclosed junkyard, the lawyer argues that without a proper court order for its use, it is an invasion of privacy, and the dealers go free. Is it a good tool, or a dangerous one?
At the same time, an area wide sweep nets many drug dealers, but also catches the innocent Mary Murphy, manager of Walt's Three Trails Hotel, just because she was taped while purchasing some hydroponic lights to grow tomatoes in her basement. In trying to make the city a safer place by clearing out the druggies, is it okay to have collateral damage such as the wrongful arrest of an innocent citizen?
Meanwhile, the two winners learn that there are lots of people trying to get them to part with their new-found wealth. Walt and his partner, Ox, work hard to save the winners from the bad guys, while still solving an assortment of other crimes in their usual unique way. In the end, Walt makes sure Lady Justice has the final say.
This is a great read for a rainy day...guaranteed to have you laughing. However, it's more than just a comedy. Thornhill makes some very good points about the problems facing lottery winners and the dilemma for crime-fighters when it comes to the right of civil liberties for all...even the bad guys.