Ben Maloney was a highly respected and decorated homicide detective in Los Angeles County. Setup on phony charges by the evil sheriff, Ben is forced to resign. He takes a job with the Kern County Sheriff's Department, and is assigned to the small desert community of Ridgecrest. The small Sheriff's Department is nicknamed "the outpost," because of its remote location.
A serial killer is depositing the naked, mutilated bodies of Los Angeles hookers outside of town. The bodies are suspended 100 feet of the ground on the high tension power lines that run through the desert. Ben must determine how the bodies got there without any clues. Then he has to find out who is responsible for the grizzly ritualistic killings.
The book is a fictional story that takes place during WWII. It centers around two Nazi spies and saboteurs. They put ashore in America by a German U-Boat. Their mission is to make their way to Detroit, a major hub in President Roosevelt's arsenal of democracy. They go to work for the Packard Motor Company. Packard has a $130,000,000 dollar contract to produce the famed Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. These engines will power the P-51 Mustang, arguably the best fighter aircraft of its time. The P-51 will mean that Allied bombers will have fighter escorts to and from targets deep into Germany. Thereby, shortening the war in Europe.
The spies are put up in a house in a quiet residential area of Detroit. They begin to make plans on how they can destroy the production facilities of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engines. Things are going as planned until one of the spies falls deeply in love with the girl next door.