Former D.A. William Landay explodes onto the suspense scene
with an electrifying novel about the true price of crime
and the hidden corners of the criminal justice system. Only
an insider could so vividly capture Boston's gritty
underworld of cops and criminals. And only a natural
storyteller could weave this mesmerizing tale of murder and
memory, a story about the hold of time past over time
present--and the story of one unforgettable young policeman
who ventures into the most dangerous place of all.
By a gleaming lake in the forests of western Maine, outside
a sleepy town called Versailles, the body of a man lies
sprawled in a deserted cabin. The dead man was an elite
D.A. from Boston, and his beat was that city's toughest
neighborhood: Mission Flats.
Now, for small-town police chief Ben Truman, investigating
the murder will mean leaving his quiet, haunted home and
journeying to an alien world of hard streets and hard
bargains, where the fierce struggle between police and
criminals is fought for the ultimate stakes.
Ben joins a manhunt through Mission Flats, where cops are
scrambling to find their number-one suspect: Harold
Braxton, a ruthless predator targeted for prosecution by
the murdered D.A. To the Boston police, Braxton is a marked
man. But as Ben watches the shadow dance of cops and
suspects, he begins to voice doubts about Braxton's guilt...
especially when he uncovers a secret history of murder and
retribution stretching back twenty years...back to a brutal
killing now nearly forgotten. As past and present collide
and a bloody mystery unfolds, only one thing remains
certain: the most powerful revelations are yet to come.