Harper McClain is back on the job as a crime reporter at the Savannah Daily News. But things have changed.
Marie Whitney’s murdered is behind bars because of McClain’s reporting, but the police aren’t about to thank her for that. She crossed the thin blue line, and the cops now see her as an enemy. This means no more cosy chats with the detectives. No more invitations to after-hours parties with the patrol cops. But the icy reception doesn’t stop Harper. If anything, she’s more determined than ever to get the story.
At least things are less tense at the newspaper’s offices. The Whitney murder case was massive and Harper’s job is secure for now. But Harper still doesn’t know who broke into her apartment and wrote a warning message on the wall. The police won’t help, and she has few clues to go by. Nothing has happened since the break-in, and yet she’s more cautious than ever – constantly watching her back.
One busy autumn night, after covering two stabbings and a car crash, Harper is blowing off steam at The Library Bar when photographer Miles Jackson calls to give her a heads up. A murder’s been committed at the heart of the city’s tourist district. The victim is Yolanda Davis. She was young and pretty – a bartender at Rosie Malone’s pub, a popular hangout for local politicians and journalists. She’d just left the bar after her shift when she was shot once in the neck with a 9mm, semi-automatic. There were no witnesses.
At first, it appears to be a terrible, if ordinary, robbery gone wrong – Yolanda’s bag and phone are missing. But, two days later, a man shows up at the newspaper, identifying himself as Jarrod Davis, Yolanda’s father. And he tells Harper he knows who the murderer is…