Police detective John Davey had everything - until bribery charges destroyed his career, his marriage...his life.
Now he has a second chance. Davey is pressured into joining the investigation of the baffling case of a wealthy Chicago couple savagely murdered before their North Shore mansion was set ablaze.
In the charred ruins, Davey finds clues to something more sinister than premeditated arson: a criminal maze threading back through history, including a connection to billions of dollars in artwork that disappeared during the Holocaust. As more victims emerge, Davey begins to suspect the motives of those he is forced to trust. When the betrayals start piling up as surely as victims, Davey is left with no one to believe in but himself.
Earl Merkel is the author of four suspense novels, including his latest: Fire Of The Prophet (Diversion, 2013).
A former newspaper journalist, columnist and talk-radio host, during his career Earl has dodged gunfire, teargas canisters, and verbal brickbats as a journalist (and on occasion as a private citizen, having somehow annoyed armed or vocal strangers). As the “more” on the nationally broadcast talk-radio program Money & More, Earl left the money-talk to the experts. He admits that he’s far more comfortable in other areas —talking with authors, arguing current events and even simply cracking-wise — than he is dealing with financial matters.