Poor Dave. He just wants to retire. Or does he? ;) He certainly gave up those plans awfully quick when Tracy Davis, public defender in San Pedro County, comes to him asking him to help her brother, who's accused of murder. Everything that happens on the case reminds him why he made those plans in the first place. The thing I love about these mysteries is that they're very multi-layered. It's never just a simple case of who killed who. And you get to learn things along the way because this is an author who did his research. I don't think there's another mystery series quite like this, or I haven't found it yet.