Sig Alert
by David Scott

"’You must monitor freeway traffic. My sources tell me something will happen on the freeways in the middle of September.’"

If there is a hell on earth, southern Californians have a name for it: the freeway. There, at the convergence of too many interchanges and too many cars, despair festers as thousands huddle together, yet apart, stymied in their forward progress and cursed to sit, frustrated and immobile, atop the paved lanes. A ring of domestic terrorists might look upon the human misery of LA traffic and think their job was already done. Or, as private researchers Darcy and Peter Dale soon learn, the sadistic vision of mass murderers knows no bounds, and LA commuters are the perfect prey for their dastardly plans of vast upheaval and destruction.

The Dales know this, thanks to an anonymous tip, but they must undertake a race against time, resources, and external threats to identify and thwart the deadly plot. This is a tall order for a young couple that has exactly one—albeit a big one—case under their novice belts. They have only just hung up their professional shingle, not even qualifying for licenses as California private investigators when this case finds them.

Told from varying perspectives of the Dales' meticulous investigative efforts and the perpetrators’ psychotic and excited planning of the impending attack, the tension builds effectively. In the proud tradition of Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles and television’s Hart to Hart, this heroic married duo bears the weight of their own mounting fear, even as they bravely and relentlessly research and think their way forward. The title of this second book in a series refers to the traffic notification system grumpily acknowledged and consulted by Los Angeles drivers. It’s never a good day to drive in Los Angeles, but thanks to Peter and Darcy, tomorrow might be another day of fine, predictable LA traffic.

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