The streets have never been easy and John Hatch has worked the beat in the toughest part of San Diego for longer than most cops have been dreaming of the job. When a call from Dispatch sends him to a gruesome murder scene, his gut tells him there’s something more to learn than the homicide team uncovers. But Hatch is a street cop, not a detective, and he’s got trouble enough with his hot-headed new partner, a rookie sergeant, and the disaster that is his personal life.
A chip at a time, the burdens of the job take their toll as he faces the daily reality of the streets – the druggies and wife beaters, cheaters and crooks – who remind him how short life really is, and how impossible it is to live well in a world where bad things are sometimes inevitable. In the end, no matter what kind of cop you try to be, whether you opt for the straight road or the easy path, survival has a price and nothing is as Black and White as you’d like it to be.