With its introduction of a bold new voice in crime fiction, Glenville Lovell's first mystery, 'Too beautiful to die', was called a 'page-turner' and 'stylish entertainment'. Now Lovell is back, with a story ripped from today's headlines - a brilliant young African-American politician gunned down as his career is about to take off. Ex-cop Blades Overstreet is finally at peace. His case against the New York Police Department has been resolved, his estranged wife has come back, and the two of them, along with Blade's young daughter, have settled into a nice home and a nice life. But peace is ephemeral on the mean streets of Brooklyn, and when the son of a good friend and mentor is murdered before his eyes, Blades knows he won't be able to rest until the killer is brought to justice. He begins a search that leads him on a dangerous journey into the heart of the Russian mob and, ultimately, into a confrontation with a past he had hoped was buried long ago.