Three generations torn apart - by bullets fired 50 years ago.
Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops - one black, one white - are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy.
Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father's alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth.
Philadelphia, 2015: Jim's daughter, Audrey, a forensic science student, reopens her grandfather's murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn't pull the trigger - and her father may have made a horrible mistake....
"Swierczynski just gets better and better.... [A] bleak, powerful tale of corruption and the lasting effects of crime.... Swierczynski's riskiest move yet [is] a resounding success, with each story line featuring full-blooded characters and intrigue that works both in its own right and in the larger context." (Booklist)
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