The Grocery Sack Killer is a novel loosely based on the true story of Spokane’s Serial Killer, Robert Lee Yates. Porterville Police Detective Sergeant Magnum Schultz, back in uniform, prefers working graveyard shifts during summer months because she doesn’t have to contend with July’s stupefying daytime heat. She’s patrolling the dark streets in her cruiser when she locates a murdered girl.
The teenage prostitute has been strangled, plastic grocery sacks placed over her head, and shot in the back of the skull with a small caliber handgun.
In the meantime, Bounty Hunter George Rooney has been reunited with his adult daughter, Tanya, a junior partner at a local law firm, when he receives a threatening phone call warning him not to come looking for the caller. Tanya suggests that the caller may be her ex-husband who has jumped bond on an embezzlement charge. Since Tanya posted the $5,000 bond to get her ex bailed out of jail, Rooney is determined to get her money back for her and hopefully have a little left over for his own living expenses.
In the course of hunting for his no-good ex-son-in-law, Rooney encounters blond, blue-eyed Marisa, the ex-husband’s most recent girlfriend, a prostitute who tries to convince Rooney that she’s a Reiki instructor and not a hooker. Much to his own surprise, Rooney takes a liking to Marisa’s two young sons and gets involved with her, himself.
When more prostitutes begin to turn up dead, Magnum goes undercover in an attempt to identify the killer. She and Rooney have run-ins as her search for the killer and his search for his daughter’s ex-husband cross paths.
Finally, there is a break in the case, but two suspects are taken into custody. Magnum’s work is cut out for her as she attempts to discover the real grocery sack killer.