Charm, good looks, a gold shield: Jack Mills has it all, everything, that is, except the respect of his fellow Nassau County cops. Transferring from a cushy job at community relations to the homicide squad, he's looking for one last shot at redemption. But for a virgin investigator like Jack, salvation doesn't come cheap. Not when you're assigned to the gruesome murder of a former captain in your own department, a man who made enemies everywhere. Working with Detective Claire Williamson, a top cop from an adjoining county, won't be easy either. Theirs is a partnership that could prove too hot too handle, a dangerous twist to a volatile cocktail of politics, police work, and murder. Out on this island of suburban sprawl, where just about everyone is either on the make or on the take, Jack is learning one lesson fast: When you dig into the life of a dead, dirty cop, you might just end up digging your own grave.
A policeman who has literally been not much more than a poster boy for the police department grows up a little and gets into the real work of a homicide detective. Surprises himself by being pretty good at it. This is a bit different than all the books in which a disgraced cop redeems himself. This cop has just not tried very hard before. Funny bits are all the odd nicknames every cop has.