Berkeley, California's, tireless cop, Jill Smith, is at it again. On less than good terms with her department - after all, Jill is not known for her blind obedience to authority - she is summoned by her fellow justice-seeker, the irascible, pizza-loving private eye Herman Ott, to the lobby of Berkeley's elegant Claremont Hotel, for reasons she can't understand and he won'tBerkeley, California's, tireless cop, Jill Smith, is at it again. On less than good terms with her department - after all, Jill is not known for her blind obedience to authority - she is summoned by her fellow justice-seeker, the irascible, pizza-loving private eye Herman Ott, to the lobby of Berkeley's elegant Claremont Hotel, for reasons she can't understand and he won't divulge. But when she gets there, Ott has changed his mind and decides to play dumb. He'll call her in an hour to explain, he promises. He doesn't. When Jill checks up on him the next day, she comes up empty-handed. Except for one corpse in his car and another corpse in his office. Ott is surrounded by dead bodies, but he himself seems to have evaporated into thin air. As Jill works to find her missing friend, she finds herself estranged from the police department that hired her, and on her own in a tangled web of bureaucracy, city politics, and murder....
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Cop Out Reviews
Terrible ending to the series. After seeing Smith begin to come to terms with things on her life, enter a relationship, etc., this book seemed to perfectly match its title - a cop out. Not just for the character, but for the author. The ambiguous ending - will Smith stay on the force or won't she? will she and Howard work it out or won't they? - felt like a writer who was bored with her characters and just wanted to be done.
I read several of Susan’s novels when I was doing homework for one of my own books set in Berkeley, CA. I did it for the memory jog and the creative inspiration. None of her books disappointed on this score. She’s quite good at bringing the counterculture types of Berkeley to the fore and portraying this colorful part of the world, making the town of Berkeley itself very much a character of her stories, one might even say the lead character. Which is just what I wanted. Having spent more than fifteen years in Berkeley myself, I can attest to the fact that any story set in Berkeley would almost have to make the town one of the major players.Add to the rich tapestry of the storytelling the fact that our heroine is on the outs with her own Berkeley police force owing to her lack of respect for authority (as with any true card carrying Berkeley-ite, save perhaps for the cops themselves) and it makes the investigation that much more fun and harrowing at the same time. The complications of political intrigue and subterfuge, competing agendas, and all the stuff of our current modern world makes this as timeless a tale as it is a snapshot of Berkeley in the 1990s. If there ever was a place frozen in time, moreover, it’s Berkeley. I was there in the 70s and 80s and the flavor was much the same.
Berkeley police officer Jill Smith finds herself at a loss when a tipster summons her, then refuses to talk and disappears, leaving behind a murder victim. Will Smith find her source before more bodies turn up, and before her lover and/or her boss decide they've had enough of her refusal to be a team player?Cop Out was reasonably entertaining, although I found it overly baroque and not really credible. Anyone who doesn't live in or near Berkeley might find it quite confusing.
Read while staying at Victoria House, San Pedro, Belize on our 40th wedding anniversary.
Cop Out is an apt title as this, the last in the series, is just that. Smith, as usual, 'cop's out' when it comes to her life. The series ends with a wimper.