Welcome to the LAPD, where privileged is cop-speak for minority and female officers like Brenden Harlow are called Jane Wayne. As usual, things are not so jolly in the Valley: a serial killer is stabbing women at ATMs, and Harlow, a member of the elite metro division, has drawn the dangerous job of decoy duty. Meanwhile, her actor husband may be performing love scenes off the set, and Harlow herself is becoming too fond of Black Russians. First-rate dialogue, crisp plotting, and insider police-department detail set Diane K. Shah’s High-Heel Blue a few notches above the everyday cop thriller. A

High-heel Blue
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