James McCrary is not a bad man, just a better animal. It's the reason Uwe Löwe sprang him from juvenile detention and groomed him as his hunter protege. The reason he prefers his steak "extra rare." The reason executors from New York to Berlin trust him to "cull" unruly gargoyles. It's no wonder, then, that the executor over Western Europe calls on him to track down the most dangerous pyromancer London has ever faced and recover the most potent artifact the world has ever known. But what starts as a routine hunt quickly devolves into a citywide war as James begins to see his prey as the predator he truly is.