Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro are private detectives in Boston. They are hired by a Congressman to find his employee who has disappeared with very important documents. Kenzie and Gennaro will discover that the documents in question are highly compromizing photos of the politician. They will also be in the middle of a gang war between two rival black gangs. Through this thriller Lehane paints a vivid portrait of modern Boston society -the racism and violence of the streets and the hypocrisie and corruption of the white politicians.
This is the first book in which Kenzie and Gennaro appear. They are flawed and wounded heroes and the sexual tension between them is palpable.