Jason Kolarich feels lucky to be assigned as the second chair in the defense of Senator Hector Almundo. Almundo's charaged with dealing with the Cannibals street gang. They were shaking down businessmen for donations for Almundo's election campaign. When one businessman refused to donate, he was murdered.
One night, Kolarich is waiting for a call from a confidential informant. His wife and baby leave without him to drive to her parents home. In a double tragedy, they skid off the road and are both killed. Later, Kolarich learns that the reason the call didn't come in is that the confidential informant, Ernesto Ramirez, was murdered.
After a period of mourning, Kolarich returns to work. He's contacted by Ramirez's widow, Essie. She wants him to find her husband's killer.
Since Kolarich feels responsible for Ramirez's death and because he feels that he was the cause of his wife and baby's death, he accepts. Kolarich feels that if can find the killer, he would make up for his failure.
Kolarich jumps into his investigation and tries to ingratiate himself with Almundo and his political friends. However, his actions are caught by the FBI who are investigating the political corruption. Since Kolarich can't prove that he was innocently working for these people, he agrees to go under cover to help the FBI with their case.
The novel proceeds on two levels. Kolarich is helping the FBI with the case of political corruption and he is trying to find Ramirez's killer
Kolarich is a heroic character who is just a man, trying to do the right thing. Unlike some heroes of thrillers, he doesn't have great powers and at one point is beaten by some thugs. However, he is determined and won't allow anything to stand in his way.
This is a well written novel that is a good character study and a find and all too believable thriller.