Nick Stefanos, having earned his P.I. license, quickly discovers that snapping photos of unfaithful husbands does not make for a fulfilling job. Tending bar one night at the Spot, Nick is visited by his high-school friend, Billy Goodrich. Billy's wife is gone. Nick agrees to find her. And with that first step, he sets out on a one-way trip through a sewer of theft, intrigue and love. George P. Pelecanos' reputation goes from strength to strength. As Barry Gifford puts it, 'To miss out on Pelecanos would be criminal.'