Ballard had never been the kind of detective who could leave the work in a drawer at the end of shift. She carried it with her and it was her empathy that fueled her.
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Her plan was to head out to Venice, drop off laundry, pick up her dog at the overnight kennel, and then carry her tent and a paddleboard out to the beach.
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She was attractive, maybe midthirties, with brown, sun - streaked hair cut at the shoulders and a slim, athletic build.
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She had a mix of races in her skin. He guessed that she was probably half white, half Polynesian.
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He had always operated according to the axiom that everybody counts in this world or nobody counts. This belief dictated that he must give each case and each victim his best effort.
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“‘The late show’?” Elizabeth asked. “That’s what they call the midnight shift at Hollywood Division, because of all the crazy stuff that happens there in the middle of the night.

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