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For Tres Navarre, English professor turned private investigator,
business has lately taken a drastic turn south. But if chasing down
bail jumpers, adulterous spouses, and workmen's comp cases seemed
like the dregs of the PI game, it was at least a living. Not as
much could be said for tracking down a man like Will "the Ghost"

The stone-cold killer has just staged a bloody escape from the
Floresville State Penitentiary with a gang of violent cons as
spooked by Stirman as those on the outside who helped put him
behind bars. And no one seems more worried than Navarre's boss and
mentor, Erainya Manos. It was her husband along with rival PI Sam
Barrera who built the case that sent Stirman away. But Erainya's
husband is dead and she's certain Stirman won't let that stand in
the way of his taking revenge against her and her adopted

All of Navarre's instincts are screaming that there's more to this
case than meets the eye. But Erainya won't tell him—and Sam
Barrera seems to be escaping into a strange twilight from a truth
too terrible to remember. That leaves Tres to dig into a twisted
mystery of greed, vigilantism, and murder, where lives are bought
and sold and the line between guilt and innocence is razor-thin.
Meanwhile, Stirman and his gang are coming, leaving behind them a
trail of brutal, unforgiving violence that will end in an area of
San Antonio known as Southtown—but that may soon just as well
be called hell on earth.

© Copyright 2004 by Bantam, a division of Random House,

by Rick Riordan

  • Publication Date: April 27, 2004
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • ISBN-10: 0553801848
  • ISBN-13: 9780553801842