Officer Involved


Murder and Meth in Sioux City, Iowa

When Sioux City Sentinel-Leader reporter Tom Kingman decided to drop by a domestic disturbance police call in the middle of a June swelter he had no idea it would change his life forever.

A metro area of 100,000 located at the junction of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, Sioux City is fly-over country for most Americans. But Tom Kingman knows Sioux City at ground level doesn’t always fit the bucolic Midwestern mold. That’s especially clear after witnessing an officer-involved shooting in a run-down residential neighborhood puts Tom in the crosshairs of a surly police lieutenant, a hot-headed patrol officer, and the mastermind of a multistate drug ring.

As the pressure increases, Tom discovers an unlikely ally: the intriguing Assistant Woodbury County Attorney Hillary Reed. Within hours of witnessing the shooting, the skeptical, wisecracking Kingman finds himself thrown into an unlikely partnership with the deliberative, calm, religious Reed for a three-day frenzied pursuit of the truth about meth, murder … and each other.