A first-class noir novel in the hardboiled tradition of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.
The first novel in Stephen Greenleaf's classic series featuring John Marshall Tanner, San Francisco ex-lawyer turned private detective.
When her husband begins acting strangely, the wife of a famous legal crusader hires San Francisco P.I. John Marshall Tanner to find out why. Tanner is convinced the case is a simple matter of blackmail. Certainly a man like Roland Nelson has made his share of powerful enemies in a career devoted to exposing fraud and corruption among the mighty.
But Tanner's investigation soon takes a tragic and personal turn. Suddenly Tanner finds himself on a trail of buried secrets, frustrated passions, and smoldering revenge as he races to stop a killer.
The long-sought heir of Sam Spade, Marlow and Archer - San Francisco Examiner
Greenleaf is a superior writer...his books are being talked about in terms of Hammett and Chandler - New York Times