Who is Big Ed and why does he want detective Jake Rossiter pushing up daisies? To find out. Rossiter- with the help of his able bodied girl Friday, Miss Jenkins - digs through layers of vice and violence in Seattle's seamy underbelly, until he uncovers a case of corruption and prejudice that pits him toe to-toe with hysterical dames, out of town muscle and the entire Rat City police force.
It's Seattle in the 1940s, and pool-sharks, bookies, jazz musicians, drunken coroners, shady cops and street-smart PIs all jockey for position and try to stay alive. In Rat City: A Jake Rossiter & Miss Jenkins Mystery, Curt Colbert's first novel, Jake narrowly avoids death by shooting dead his assailant, Big Ed; when he tries to find out why Big Ed wanted him dead, Jake discovers a ring of corruption and crime that surprises even him.