Rip Off, My Second Murder Mystery

Rip Off

A Hollywood studio exec comes home to find the dead body of a stranger in his ocean-view condo in this upscale Los Angeles suburb. Santa Monica Police Department’s Detective Dave Mason pulls his warring team together to link the body to a string of high-tech burglaries which has Santa Monica on edge. The stakes rise as the investigation leads Mason away from Santa Monica to Hollywood to the Russian community to be warned off by the FBI and Homeland Security. A bungled take down results in two murders of key informants. Fingers are pointed. Mason is outranked and the Department blamed.

On the way to a resolution that restores the Department’s and Mason’s reputation, the burglar and a Chechen housewife find true love. While Mason has brought an international whodunit to an end, he finds his relationship with his activist girlfriend teetering on the edge.


By Cmattias · ★★★★★ · June 24, 2015

This is one of those books that’s hard to put down. It transports you to Santa Monica in your mind, characters are believable and plot is interesting. The Ruski s are coming in thus one. But Detective Mason and is team are relentless. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series,keep them comin… …more

By Maggie · ★★★★★ · May 01, 2019

Non-stop action marks Mar Preston’s second Dave Mason adventure, an earthy tale set in rich and liberal Santa Monica. You want conflict? You got it. A complex plot and flawed characters? Check. A well-drawn setting? Check. I lived in L.A. for many years and enjoy visiting vicariously. I’m a slow… …more

By Mayra · ★★★★★ · June 18, 2012

A burglar is found dead in an upscale condo in the beautiful beach city of Santa Monica. The murder seems to be linked to a series of high-tech murders that have been taking place in the area. Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police department is called to the case. Soon, he suspects that the Chech… …more