"...an acknowledged master of the modern thriller..."
The shooting of a Chinese liquor store owner in LA brings Harry Bosch's mind back to the Rodney King riots and the memory of a moment when a complete stranger gave a young inexperienced cop sanctuary.
The murdered store owner was the man who helped Harry out all those years ago and now the debt must be repaid in the way that Harry knows best; he must find the killer and bring him to justice. He soon discovers the old man's death was no ordinary hold-up.
Digging into clues ignored by the cops at the scene, Harry builds a picture of corruption and intimidation, with the local Triads at the heart of it all. But as he tries to build a case and breach the impenetrable wall of silence in the local community, he finds he is taking a dragon by the tail - a dragon whose claws reach across the globe.
He receives a terrified message from his daughter in Hong Kong and suddenly the most precious thing in Harry's life is under threat. With no back-up and working outside of the law he is forced to leave the familiarity of LA to stop his worst nightmare from happening.