“This is great...a grey-skied, British ‘Big Sleep’.” - Atlantic Books
It’s Christmastime, 1947, in the City of London’s square mile of high finance. An apparent vice killing spooks a City councillor into hiring Newman, an American private eye out of kilter with this island he has called home for twenty years to keep his name out of a murder case.
Newman’s investigation leads him in two opposing directions: one takes him to the rackets, to the police murder investigation, and the City’s own grandees. The second takes him into the ruins left by wartime bombing, to make sense of what he’s finding out about his client.
As he joins the dots, more killings cut off all avenues until he has a choice to make: what to let go by – and who to let burn. In a square mile where the money interests always hold the aces, everything is connected and it will take an outsider to uncover the truth.