Perfect Cover

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

PERFECT COVER is the story of Tina Paris, who, like author St. George, is an investigator trying to reveal the under-the-counter dealings of the criminal justice system. Tina Paris grew up in the housing projects, went on to John Jay College, and became a hotshot investigator. On some occasions, she might dress in the skimpiest outfit she has so she can extract information from members of the mob at a party. Other times, it might be a high-speed chase in her Nissan 300ZX, in which she can catch anyone; however, it is not always easy. Paris receives a complaint about Ed Calvert, an abusive cop that has an endless complaint file in her office. At last, Paris has her hands on a good case against him. No one came forward about Calvert before because he either paid off people or physically battered them to keep quiet.

While Tina looks into the Calvert situation, a series of rapes occurs. All the college-age victims described the rapist as a handsome-looking man, so the case was given the title “pretty boy” murders. The eerie part of these rapings is that the rapist plays a version of Russian roulette with all of his victims, leaving them either petrified or dead. To make things even more frightening, the rapist is so confident of himself, he sends faxes to the police that have names of the girls he has raped. He also tells the N.Y.P.D. that their number of victims, five, is incorrect; there are really twelve. The Calvert case and the “pretty boy” murders come to an intersection, leaving Special Investigator Tina Paris right in the middle.

The corrupt world of New York’s criminal justice system is exposed in PERFECT COVER. A man with a badge, and a large ego, can potentially be great danger; herein it becomes a reality. Linda Chase shows great writing ability in her first novel, and Joyce St. George does the same, using her vast knowledge of the N.Y.P.D. to bring this compelling novel to life.