When R. D. Cain writes about missing children, sadists, and murder, he is often writing from personal experience, for he has worked in the emergency services field as a first responder for almost two decades. Tragedies and police dramas that the Canadian writer has witnessed inform his realistic thrillers. In this sequel to his first mystery starring police detective Steve Nastos, Cain puts his disgraced hero on the trail of a missing teenage girl.
Bob Dunsworth adds more tension to the taut story with a voice that he self-describes as "dangerously debonair". He has performed as a narrator for documentaries and commercials, but he finds his calling in suspense. He can even make a day of the week sound ominous.
After being recently cleared of murder charges, the disgraced and out-of-work police detective Steve Nastos reluctantly teams with his brash and similarly disgraced lawyer Kevin Carscadden for a paycheck. Nastos - who built his career on channeling the shadowy instincts within him to hunt dangerous predators - takes on a mission to track the whereabouts of Lindsay Bannerman, a troubled teen who is missing from her wealthy adoptive home. The trail Nastos and his lawyer pick up is one with a sadistic abuser on the other end and littered with lies, deceptions, and lifeless bodies.
Torn between spiteful former colleagues - detectives who maintain Nastos belongs in prison for homicide - a wife who wants her husband to finally liberate himself from the darkness that fuels him, and the promise he made to a stranger to find Lindsay, the search is a race against time before everything vanishes forever into the dark matter.