When we first meet the Daley brothers, John F Kennedy has just been shot and Boston is in the grip of the Boston Strangler. There are three brothers: cop Joe, lawyer Michael and thief, Ricky. Despite their differences, they are, ultimately, loyal only to each other. Their father, Big Joe, was also a cop and was shot and killed by a kid in an alley. This storyline, along with that of the Strangler and the mob's influence in the 'rebuilding' of Boston, create different threads through the book. This is an unusual crime book, having far more depth in characters than many other of the genre.
Gradually, things begin to spiral out of control, as someone close to the family is killed by either the Strangler, or a copycat killer. And, if a copycat, then why? And why did nobody get caught for their fathers murder? The Daley brothers are under threat and, when the mob begin to lean on them, they are all under pressure. This is a very atmospheric book and I enjoyed the period setting and the way the author used the case of the Boston Strangler in the plot. There were quite a few different storylines running parallel and I think the book may have been brilliant if the author had perhaps concentrated on less. However, saying that, it was an extremely enjoyable novel and I recommend it highly. I read the kindle edition and it was well edited and typo free.