This was an entertaining detective book with suspense and romance between the lead character, a San Diego PD cop/actor and US Navy investigator and the investigator of toxic waste crime. Kinda light and fun to read
Wambaugh's spritely tale of environmental crime and opportunistic thievery in San Diego isn't a bad yarn. But it would have been rated higher if he hadn't fallen into a sudden tendency to end every sentence with an exclamation point! It's distracting! And amateurish, for a writer who's been around for 30 years!
The villain of the piece is Jules Temple, the son of a wealthy lawyer who takes up the toxic waste business after being disinherited. In Mexico, two of Temple's truck drivers dump a shipment of a lethal pesticide and then decide to rob the Navy base where they were supposed to make a pickup. This brings matters to the attention of an unlikely threesome: Nell Salter, a DA Investigator into environmental crimes; Bobbie Ann Doggett, a young Navy command investigator; and Finbar Finnegan, a San Diego police detective who'd rather be an actor.