To Butch Karp-a chief assistant district attorney with a formidable reputation as a brilliant and fearless prosecutor-the brutal assassination of Bolla family capo Ed Catala appears to be a continuation of old-style wars between Mob families. But Willie Lie, leader of a Chinese gang called the White Dragons, insists that he and his cohorts were involved. The case is further complicated by an unscrupulous and ambitious U.S. attorney looking to use the Mob murder to advance his political career. And when Karp's twelve-year-old daughter witnesses a Chinatown gang slaying, she suddenly becomes a target herself.But his child isn't the only loved one threatened. Karp's wife, Marlene-a private security consultant specializing in protecting stalked and abused women-is delving perilously into the decades-old death of a torious Mob lawyer. And as their two investigations intertwine, Karp and Marlene must race to find answers before two of New York's most dangerous criminal organizations turn an unsuspecting city into a bloody battleground.
Robert K. Tanenbaum is one of the country's most successful trial lawyers, having never lost a felony case. He ran the Homicide Bureau and was Bureau Chief of the Criminal Courts for the New York District Attorney's Office and Deputy Chief Counsel to the Congressional Committee investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has taught Advanced Criminal Procedure at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the author of twenty-two Butch Karp novels and two true-crime books.