Rat City's the sort of town where a man can't even be sure of a good breakfast. At least that's what detective Jake Rossiter learns when the homicide-minded Big Ed drops by Rossiter's office one morning to punch his ticket. Rossiter's not one to go out easy, though, and he manages, reluctantly, to send Big Ed to the floor with a bullet in his chest. But who is Big Ed, anyway? And why does he want Rossiter pushing up daisies?