Mosley and his new hero return, in a series that's already being hailed as a classic of contemporary noir.
A mystery caller sends Leonid McGill to an uptown address 'just to check a girl's okay'. There's no explanation, just a name - Angelique - a reward and the chilling knowledge that he's working for Rinaldo Alphonse, the most feared man in New York.
What Leonid finds is a crime scene. A girl lies with her face blown off, her assassin felled by a knife. But the dead girl isn't the one he was sent to find and her killer's injuries don't make sense. The next day Alphonse comes calling: Leonid must find Angelique before the assassin's assassin tracks her down. Alphonse isn't the only one who wants a bit of Leonid's time - the NYPD, finding his appearance too convenient, think they can finally put away the thorn in their side.
McGill must put his street know-how and book of lethal contacts to the test, while haunted by the re-appearance of a face from his crooked past and his wife Katrina's continued infidelities.
Walter Mosley is one of America's best known and best loved authors. He is the author of 37 critically acclaimed books including DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, which was made into the acclaimed 1995 film of the same name, starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. HENRY AWARD, a GRAMMY and PEN AMERICA'S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. His books have been translated into 23 languages and have sold more than 3.5 million copies. He lives in New York.