Haunting and evocative. . . . [Max Freeman] may be the most thoughtful, well-read, and multi-layered private eye hero since Spenser.Booklist(starred review)Max Freeman is at a crossroads. No longer content to live solely in his remote shack in the Everglades, he is looking to move beyond his self-imposed isolation. So when his onetime girlfriend, Detective Sherry Richards, asks for his help as a private investigator in nailing an ex-cop she suspects of killing several young women in South Florida, Max is ready to help her see justice done.But theres a problem. Sherrys suspect is a former police officer from Philadelphia who served with Maxa brother-in-blue who once saved Maxs life. Matters are made worse when Maxs own aggressive investigation leads him to believe that Sherrys crusade to protect these women is about to roll over a possibly innocent man.Caught between his loyalty to Sherry and his debt to his fellow ex-cop, Maxs search for the truth will take him back to the streets of Philadelphia, where he will dig into his fellow officers troubled past . . . only to come face-to-face with his own. And while Max continues his quest, a controlling, cunning killer inexorably closes in on what could be his next victim. . . .