After fifteen years of trying to resolve other people's problems, a police homicide detective finds that he has unwittingly walled himself into a barren chamber of confusion, loneliness, and despair. His wife barely speaks to him; his work ceases to offer him any valid purpose. Told with penetrating characterizations in the style of Elmore Leonard, this novel is set in the Pacific Northwest. It unfolds from the perspective of homicide detective Russell Strick of the Portland Police Bureau. Strick’s newest case begins for him as little more than a distraction. A rich man of impeccable reputation is found dead in the driveway leading to his Portland mansion. An attaché case containing $100,000 in cash has been left on the ground beside him. Still awaiting discovery in another part of the city, a cheap apartment conceals another issue, a sex scandal.