"..contains all the classic crime elements that have made Crais' series so admired and well loved"
The hills of Los Angeles are ablaze and as the Fire Department hurry to move the residents out a corpse - that of a middle aged loner - is found.
No one is sure whether his death was murder or suicide. Clasped in his lap is found a photographic album containing pictures of 7 young women. These young women were murdered with the photographs being taken not long after their deaths. A murder took place every year for seven years with their bodies being found all over the city. At the time the LAPD were unable to see the link between the murders. But now, with the discovery of the album, they realise that the murders are linked. This does not bode well for Elvis Cole. Why? Because only one person was ever charged with the murder and he got off as a result of information provided by Cole. It is his body that has been found in the fire.
Did the information supplied by Cole allow him to perpetrate three more killings with the result that three young women lost their lives? With the LAPD blaming Cole for the resulting deaths it is up to him to delve into what happened and confirm whether or not his original findings were right.