The clock was carved into her skin with care, the hand set at one o'clock, just like the others. The killer was telling them something, no doubt about that, but what exactly that something was, he couldn't begin to say.
In 2013, Detective Sergeant Noah Harkham suffered devastating and debilitating injuries that forced him into early retirement. Now, nearly a year later, he has found a new calling: teaching crime scene preservation techniques to the uniformed officers of his old precinct.
One case still haunts him, however. Eight years ago, Noah was a rookie detective working a gruesome case with his mentor and first partner, Rob Meares. Soon after Rob's unexpected death, the leads dried up and Noah was left with his first cold case. But now, after all these years, the killer has struck again, and Noah is called in to consult.
But when the evidence begins to point to Noah himself, he'll have to fight to clear his name and help his former partner and best friend, Detective Alan Franks, catch the real killer. Plagued with insomnia and bouts of uncharacteristic anger and erratic behavior, the cause of which even Noah doesn't understand, proving his innocence may end up being an insurmountable task- and his connection to the case is much more real than anyone could have imagined.