There are two unconnected murder stories here that cross over only at the police station. This does get confusing. The author is trying to fit too much in and doesn't quite get it right but pretty good.
The first is a missing person then death of an Indian descent American student. The story revolves around arranged marriages and family honour. It also involves becoming a escort to finance medical school through a sugar daddy website.
Robert has undertaken his usual research but his take on this is through the eyes of a person unfamiliar with traditional Indian culture. Tracy is diverted by overlaying her values onto the case and the investigation becomes bogged down. Eventually as Tracy thinks to herself the answer is obvious.
This story allows Tracy to step through her pregnancy and some of the real issues women have to face in life and the workplace. Trying to contrast this to another culture doesn't quite come off.
The second story has Robert on more familiar ground drugs and gangs. The murder of a local activist for her campaign against gangs and drugs. The person of interest, a local gang leader, is obvious. The story is about the detective work to bring him to justice. This becomes very personal and dangerous.
The inclusion of a new detective In the team causes some waves. Who is she? We have Detective Faz facing personal problems and health issues for his wife. Overall interesting but not quite up to five stars.