A first-class noir novel in the hardboiled tradition of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett; the eighth book in the John Marshall Tanner series.
Tom Crandall - war hero, social crusader and P.I. John Marshall Tanner's close friend - is discovered dead in an alley in San Francisco's sleazy Tenderloin district. The police call it suicide.
But a cryptic answerphone message leads Tanner to suspect that Clarissa Crandall's affair with millionaire Richard Sands may have sealed her husband's fate.
As he investigates his friend's death, Tanner turns up suspicious clues that lead to the city's vulnerable blood supply and to Tom's homeless, schizophrenic brother, whose chilling conspiracy theories are closer to the truth than Tanner could ever have imagined.
A fast walk on the wild side. Good, crisp writing produces characters who breathe - Copley News Service
Tough, meaty prose, sly twists in plot, and immediacy of action makes this a good choice - Library Journal
Mr Greenleaf delivers...the fine writing that we've come to expect of this substantial series - The New York Times Book Review
HIs dialogue rings with smart authority and reverberates in the memory long after the reader has closed the book - The Philadelphia Inquirer
His dialogue is pungent, his observations mordent, his eye for detail concrete and telling. As both witty entertainment and modern morality tale, this is very satisfying indeed - The Cleveland Plain Dealer