It's been about a year and half since Griffin's last installment was published in his Badge of Honor series.
Sgt. Matthew Payne is back and his guns are still blazing. Coined "Wyatt Earp" by the Philadelphia press, Matt has had the misfortune to have drawn and used his police issued firearm more times in his short tenure as a law enforcement officer than 99% of his fellow officers do in their entire careers.
This time around Matt is trying to stop a rash of vigilante killings and copycat killings of those vigilante killings. Confusing, yes; especially to Matt who is left scratching his head.
Payne is anointed the head of the task force that is going to put a stop to this madness. Matt's love-life remains healthy and his new relationship with Amanda Law, who he helped rescue during an earlier case, grows stronger.
Once again Griffin spins his magic. He has a handle on police procedure and his stories never are Hollywood-ized. Since it was so long since his last book, Griffin used a clever device to give his old and new readers the Matt Payne back story: He had a character write Payne's obituary.