Crais's old fashioned detective tale centers on investigators Elvis Cole and Joe Pike as they attempt to uncover a plot against a decorated L.A. police officer. Mel Foster's hard boiled narration creates a strong sense of noir throughout, making it at once a classic mystery and a modern day cop drama. Foster's voice is deep, dark and dry, which brings a likeable, tough persona to Cole and immediately draws listeners into the story. There is a subtle sense of nostalgia in this story as well, sure to please fans of the genre as Foster manages to capture certain trademark characteristics of stock detectives without sounding cliched. A Crimeline paperback (Reviews, Mar. 29, 1993).