A dark tower. A stolen child. The crumbling ruins of a poisoned city.
A five-year-old boy has been snatched from a US housing project and taken halfway round the world. But he's no ordinary kid; he's the rumored heir to a gangland empire like no other on Earth. And the race is on to take him back.
A nineteen-year-old killer they call Ghost, created by that very same empire and now on the run in Manila. For her, finding the boy could be her ticket home.
Cole, a professional thief hiding from the father of the woman he loved, a woman who died because he got greedy. For him, finding the boy is his path to safety and redemption.
A teenage gang member from one of Manila's worst slums. He doesn't want the boy - he wants one of the Americans turning the city upside down to find him, an American who killed his little brother. But maybe for him finding the boy will be a chance to face up to his own grief - and guilt - as well as to take revenge.
From the typhoon-blasted toxic ruin they call the Concrete Sea to the abandoned street-gang dueling ground of Murder Park, to find him they may have to pay a heavy price. And if they can beat the bad guys to the child, will they turn him over to free themselves, or will they do the honorable thing - and risk it all against an individual whose influence courses through each and every dark street of near-future Manila?
PRAISE FOR SEAN CREGAN:
"A huge talent" - Steve Mosby (Black Flowers, The 50/50 Killer)
"Breathlessly classy" - The Telegraph
"One of the most talented and original voices out there" - Jason Pinter (The Fury, The Darkness)
"Smart and original" - Allan Guthrie (Two-Way Split, Kiss Her Goodbye)
"Tight and brutal as a clenched fist" - Ray Banks (No More Heroes, Donkey Punch)
"Intense, intelligent, engaging" - Elizabeth A. White
"Cregan has a definite flair for noir" - Adventures Of A Bookonaut
"Tight and fast-paced" - The Fringe
"Viscerally realized but also broodingly symbolic" - Crimeculture