Murders, circa 1969, weren't solved by sophisticated forensics; cops who were committed and cunning made cases. Labyrinth City is reeling from the impact of the biggest murder case in its history. A banker's maid is found dead in his residence. No one thinks murder until Ralph Kaliszac finds a shell casing. While Kaliszac tries to convince his new partner, Isabella Corsi, to stay away from the big case, she finds a clue in an old file that points to buried secrets from the past, secrets that connect her directly to the most vicious killer the small city has ever known. Now the two are in the middle of two of the biggest investigations in the department's history. One is an ongoing bureaucratic mess that is taking its toll on everyone involved. The other is more personal, drawing Kaliszac and Corsi into an intimacy neither predicted, and both are ill equipped to handle. As evidence mounts they have to make a decision. Do they play by the rules, allowing a killer to remain free, or do they dispense justice with their own hands? The end of their investigation takes them into territory so twisted that neither survives unscathed.