Detective Dena Rising, 29 - Growing up on the Navajo reservation gave her the strength and determination to overcome barriers and succeed. Made her a little sassy too. She chose law enforcement as a career after her father was wrongly accused and incarcerated for seven long years. A seven-year veteran, she became a cop right after college (ASU - B.S. Criminal Justice) and became a homicide detective after only five years as a deputy. She's partnered with Detective Ross Duarte, 54 - A fourteen-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office. Before that he was a police officer then detective for the Oakland P.D. With the kids out of the house, a warmer climate and slower pace brought him and his wife to Arizona. His family has been in law enforcement for five generations, including his son, very much into donuts and coffee.
The Ducthman's Gold - The Pilot Episode- Death in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona is a common enough occurrence, survival of the fittest and all that. But when a woman says that a man who'd have to be almost two hundred years old murdered her husband on the mountain, the police find new meaning in the term "Cold Blooded Killer."
Tonight's Special: Murder - Tonight we begin another intermittent mystery series called "Phoenix Rising" by Curtis Takahashi. The stories take place in modern day Phoenix Arizona, and involve the Homicide investigations of two of the city's finest, Detective Dena Rising and her partner Detective Ross Duarte. In this week's story the murder of a young college student takes the spotlight.
Tag, You're It - Many police officers can, with the exception of target practice, spend 20, 30 years on the force and never once draw their weapon let alone fire it. Yet many will have that one time, that one terrible time when there was no choice and a life was lost.