BODY IN BLUE is Jo Durbin's story. Why did she jeopardize the career she'd carved out as a financial writer? She was old enough to know better, but those graphic, 'true' murder stories she wrote - not as anonymously as she'd expected - ruined her reputation and market. Determined to sell another book, she plunges into immersion journalism. She lives the life of a bag lady, and records it all. She's done the expected: slept in the park, spent a night in jail, learned to dodge the police, and earned the grudging acceptance of others on the street.
But, is it enough? To research problems of the 'working homeless,' Jo takes a part-time job. When she finds keys in a desk, she 'borrows' the home of a vacationing woman she'd replaced. Discovering that body and ending up as a suspect were not in the plan. Can she - with the sometimes questionable help of her mystery-fanatic sister, a weeping waitress, the homeless gang, and a gentleman who wants to save her from the street - identify the killer before the police capture her? Danger becomes immediate when a homeless woman is killed while wearing Jo's hastily discarded coat. Now, Jo must uncover the killer before she becomes the next victim.
Start with Jo at the job. Use only a few well chosen words to give us an idea of why she's there.
Whose body does she discover? And you've glossed over that it's foul play--is it? And there's also the idea that going to jail for research isn't that outlandish an idea. Lots of homeless people end up in jail for lots of reasons.
This would need more sense of the story to hook me.