“One of the distinctive strengths of Needham’s novels is that he has the urban landscape of Asia down cold.”
—The Bangkok Post
The first bomb cracked the Hilton like an egg; the second gutted the lobby of the Marriott; and the third peeled the front off the Grand Hyatt. Three massive explosions, all at American hotels in the heart of the city, and all within a few horrifying moments of each other. Hundreds are dead and thousands are injured. Singapore is bleeding.
Inspector Samuel Tay is the Senior Inspector in the Special Investigation Section of Singapore CID, but from the beginning he is frozen out of the search for those responsible for the bombings. He has made serious enemies in Singapore’s Internal Security Department, and he has even more enemies at the American embassy, so Tay is assigned routine cases while his colleagues join with the CIA and the FBI in a feverish hunt for the bombers.
Three days after the explosions, the smell of death still sticky in the city’s air, Tay is sent to a run-down apartment near the Malaysian border where two children have found the body of a Caucasian male with a broken neck. Inexplicably, Tay feels an immediate connection to the dead man, although he is sure he has never seen him before.
As Tay searches the dead man’s past for clues about his killer, Tay’s past begins to give up its own secrets. A long-dead father he can barely remember reaches out of the grave to point both to the killer Tay is searching for and the truth about the bombings. The horror of Singapore’s destruction quickly becomes a personal horror for Samuel Tay.