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A Very Private High School

(Detective Dave Mason Mystery #4)

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Santa Monica, California, is home to the homeless, a city of haves and have nots, ripe for dirty politicians, psychopathic homeowners, car thieves, and celebrity troublemakers.

A vicious carjacking maims a firefighter that Homicide Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department used to tomcat around with.

Carjackers up the stakes when a hit-and-run linked to th
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Kindle Edition, 446 pages
Published July 3rd 2015 by Pertinacity Press
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Donna
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. In Santa Monica, California, Homicide Detective Dave Mason investigates carjackings, a hit and run killing, and the disappearance of the bookkeeper at a private school. Dave's ex girlfriend Ginger is engaged to a millionaire and just started as a fundraising consultant at the same elite private high school where she butts heads with the beautiful but mean and condescending headmistress Venetia. Venetia seems determined to get in the way of progress in both badly needed fundraising and ...more
Susan de Gaia
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Mar Preston’s books! A Very Private High School is another in her Dave Mason series, set in Santa Monica and featuring Major Crimes detective Dave Mason, other characters in his department, girlfriend Ginger, and characters connected to the private high school of the book’s title. These stories have all the usual characters – the crime, the cops, and the criminal – as well as an array of suspects and supporting characters. The main character, Dave, is a large fit man in his mid-thirties, ...more
Diana Thomsen
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, although my husband did give me a hard time since he said the title made it sound like a bad porn novel. I hadn't read any crime thrillers for a while, so it was a nice change of pace. I found the action to be engaging and the mystery compelling...although maybe a touch too easy to figure out. But since it was more about the thrill than it was about the mystery, I'll give it a pass. This had all the wonderful elements you'd expect from the genre, but with less sexual content ...more
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I came to writing fiction late in life and am surprised to find myself the author of six semi hard-boiled police procedurals featuring Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department, No Dice, Rip-Off, On Behalf of the Family, and A Very Private High School. The Most Dangerous of Species is the latest. came out in 2017.

I write a second series set in a tranquil California mountain villa
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Detective Dave Mason Mystery (4 books)
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