Fiction. Here's a book which starts innocently enough with a photographer buying an old camera and discovering some black and white negatives hidden in the box that the camera came in when it was originally sold. Wanting to find out about the photos leads him to people and places he didn't expect, and to long-unsolved crimes by prominent people. Suddenly those negatives become extremely dangerous to possess.
Set in California, Edgar-finalist Hill's fifth novel opens as a tribute to a bygone era in photography, then segues into a cinematic, fast-paced thriller. On a visit to his local equipment shop, professional photographer Michael McSwain thinks he's found a great deal in a classic Leica camera, which once belonged to the late, celebrated photojournalist Aaron Sturgis. His luck turns after he discovers negatives hidden in the camera box and, ignoring advice to destroy them from Aaron's seductive widow, Emma, develops what proves to be documentary evidence of American atrocities in Vietnam. Thugs soon appear intent on destroying the photos, while Olivia, Emma's equally enticing daughter, enlists him to blackmail the now wealthy politician depicted among the young soldiers. Skinner, a cunning sociopath and the book's most arresting character, takes over Olivia's blackmail scheme. Hill (The Dog Sox) delivers another lean, satisfying exercise in hard-boiled fiction.