Detective Billy Harney’s reputation as a dirty cop may be the only thing keeping Chicago clean in James Patterson’s most critically-acclaimed thriller since The Black Book.
For Detective Billy Harney, getting shot in the head, stalked by a state’s attorney, and accused of murder by his fellow cops is a normal week on the job. So when a drive-by shooting on the Chicago's west side turns political, he leads the way to a quick solve. But Harney's instincts—his father was once chief of detectives and his twin sister, Patti, is also on the force—run deep. As a population hungry for justice threatens to riot, he realizes that the three known victims are hardly the only casualties.
When Harney starts asking questions about who's to blame, the easy answers prove to be the wrong ones. On the flip side, the less he seems to know, the longer he can keep his clandestine investigation going . . . until Harney's quest to expose the evil that's rotting the city from the inside out takes him to the one place he vowed never to return: his own troubled past.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
For the detective in this gripping thriller, the first step in solving a dark mystery is figuring out who he can trust. Billy Harney is working in a new department (the high-pressure Special Operations Section), with a new partner (who seems pretty suspicious), under a new boss (who once charged him with murder). With distrust on all sides, Billy’s world is laced with razor-sharp tension. And that’s before he discovers the makings of a sinister criminal conspiracy with ties to not just the police force, but his own past. A tormented guy with a dogged sense of justice, Billy is a fantastic hero for this kind of gritty, action-packed crime novel. Edoardo Ballerini brings a shadowy edge to his polished narration that’s perfect for the story’s noirish undertones. You don’t need to have read the previous book in this series to enjoy every minute of James Patterson and David Ellis’ intense thrill ride. Just buckle up and press play.