A fast paced novel about a Los Angeles Times crime reporter who takes on a local criminal kingpin billionaire Martin Nelson. Harry Walsh has been reporting on the murders of young women since the beginning of the year. Things really begin to heat up once he gets on the trail of those doing the killing. He tries to expose Nelson as being responsible for numerous criminal activities in Los Angeles, including murder. Walsh becomes a target himself and gets entangled in the United States criminal justice system.
The book details the profits that can be obtained by someone at the top of an independent criminal organization, not in anyway associated with the east or west coast mob. It shows how difficult it is to pin anything on someone like Nelson. It identifies illegal criminal activity revenue streams, both clean and dirty money. The action moves from Marina Del Rey, California to St Tropez on the French Riviera.
This is Stephen Knight's third novel. A departure from his first two novels about nuclear espionage in the United States, The Minot Mission and special forces payback in Afghanistan, The Afghan Mission.