Introducing Pittsburgh detective Francesco Patrese: three years on the homicide beat, he is only just beginning to learn how the job can haunt a man. But the Steel City is no place for soul-baring.
A noted surgeon is found burnt alive in his apartment; days later, a local bishop meets with the same grisly fate. While the streets of Pittsburgh simmer with unease, Patrese and his partner, veteran detective Beradino, search for links between the two victims. The murders coincide with the controversial release from prison of Mara Slinger – a Hollywood star married to the city’s dashing young mayor, Mara was convicted of killing her three newborn children but the verdict was overturned on appeal. With the city torn between suspicion and sympathy for the tragic actress, the police provide Mara with protection – but as the apparently random killings mount up, can anyone be safe? Can anyone be trusted?
Drawn into a harrowing conflagration of vengeance and betrayal, Patrese must face the spectre of his own past before he can uncover the pattern behind this bizarre spree of increasingly violent attacks. But with racial and religious tensions flaring up across the city in the wake of his investigations, Patrese will have to act fast to track down the killer and contend with evil in all its forms.