'Mr Gores writes some of the hardest, smoothest, most lucid prose in the field' New York Times Book Review
After eight hard years in San Quentin prison, Runyan is out and ready to lead a quiet life - an honest life. But certain people have been planning for the day of his release - people who desperately want the two million dollars in diamonds Runyan was carrying just before he went to jail ... Like the insurance investigator who arranged his parole. A beautiful woman who wants him alive. The unknown killer who definitely wants him dead.
Runyan goes to recover the diamonds from where he has stashed them, so he can buy his way out ... but the diamonds are gone. Now he must pull another robbery - something he swore never to repeat - and use the proceeds to stay alive.