On Behalf of the Family

On Behalf Of The Family

The 3rd novel in the series featuring Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department. Readers also enjoy his activist girlfriend, Ginger McNair.

Mason walks into a firestorm of controversy when a beautiful young girl from a rich Muslim family is found dead in a car arson fire. Mason is outraged to have to fight his own department, the community, and his skeptical girlfriend who push toward labeling this as a hate crime,or even domestic abuse, when he knows the answer lies in the girl’s silent family.

Joseph Wambaugh fans will enjoy this behind the scenes look at a police department in a liberal city which cannot accept that an honor killing has come to the glitzy shores of upscale, tourist-destination Santa Monica.

I am a long-term Santa Monica resident, and student of the Santa Monica Police Department, and the worldwide incidence of the killing and maiming of women who violate fundamentalist cultural norms.


By Diana · ★★★★★ · January 26, 2014

My Author Alert program is marvelous and right on the ball! Within minutes of receiving notification that the latest Mar Preston book had been published, I got online and bought this terrific crime novel.

Intricately woven and beautifully presented, the plot follows the suspicious death of a young… …more

By Theresa · ★★★★★ · February 03, 2014

Detective Dave Mason is back again in this gripping and thrilling novel by Mar Preston. On Behalf of the Family is the third in this series.

Yasemin Sefak was found dead in a burning car at her college. Questions immediately arise of who killed her, why was she there and who owned the car that sh… …more

By Timya · ★★★★★ · March 25, 2014

Mar Preston, On Behalf of the Family

The Santa Monica PD is investigating the death of a young woman whose body is found in a burned out car. While most signs and past history point to a racially motivated hate crime, Detective Dave Mason has a gut feeling that it is something much darker.

On Behalf… …more

By Cathy · ★★★★☆ · March 09, 2014

Mar Preston’s police procedural dealing with the murder of a wealthy Kurdish college student presents some historical information about the Turks, Armenians and Kurds and brings up the possibilities that Yasemin Safak might have been killed for any number of the usual reasons AND presents the ide… …more


By Teresa · ★★★★★ · August 12, 2014


This story grips you from page one and doesn’t let go until the end. A great read! A perfect example why Shira law must not be allowed in this country. …more

By Rebecca · ★★★★☆ · July 08, 2017

A tragic story of a type that needs to be told. To me the MC seemed respectful. Just trying to get justice for the victims, regardless of the perpetrators’ ID. 4* …more