"...an excellent addition to the series. Possibly, one might argue, the best yet!"
Charlie Parker is working in a bar in Portland, having been deprived of his P.I.'s license. He's being watched by the police and trying to keep out of trouble. But trouble has a habit of tracking Charlie down. He feels drawn back to the house where he grew up and the strange events of his childhood. When he was a boy, his father, a NYPD cop killed a young couple and then shot himself with the same gun. There was no explanation for his actions and events are pushing Charlie into finding out once and for all what drove his father to murder and then suicide.
Running parallel to Charlie's investigations, a fraught young woman is running from an unseen threat, one that already seems to have taken the life of her boyfriend. A journalist-turned-writer named Mickey Wallace is conducting an investigation of his own into Charlie Parker. He is convinced that America needs to know about Charlie's exploits over the years and hopes to write a non-fiction book about his story.
Haunting the shadows, as they have done throughout Parker's life, are two figures: a man and a woman, the lovers of the title, who appear to have only one purpose, and that is to bring an end to Charlie Parker.