¿James Lee Burke is one of the best - hell, he is the best American crime writer'
'He writes explosively about crime and elegiacally about America.
And he does so with style and passion enough to turn admirers into addicts'
'Evil, bigotry and doing the right thing. All are done as expertly as ever by a master writer'
Lucas Smothers, nineteen and from the wrong side of town, is arrested and charged with the rape and murder of a young girl. His lawyer, Billy Bob Holland, is convinced of Lucas's innocence, but proving it - and a small Texas town riven by prejudice and corruption - is going to be even more difficult than Billy Bob thinks. Incarcerated in the local lock-up, Lucas overhears gruesome tales of serial murder from a neighbouring cell, stories that make him a potential danger to the maniac released on a technicality. When that maniac hooks up with the wayward young man who appears to have set up Smothers for the rape charge it looks very much like Lucas and Billy Bob might be potential corpses themselves.