Just weeks remain before Detective John Rebus is set to retire. As he ponders his future, a final bit of work remains- an investigation into the murder of a Russian poet. Far from cut and dried, the case brings Rebus and Clarke smack-dab into the center of international intrigue.
Leo Firestone tells his son about his own father, Dr. Samuel Firestone, a doctor whom everyone could count on, but one who also knew the darkest secrets of everyone in his community. When he took young Leo on as an assistant, Dr. Firestone inadvertently set in motion a tragic series of events.
CIA agent Tommy Carmellini stumbles upon a massacre at a safe house. Three escape: Tommy, a beautiful translator, and Russian defector Mikhail Goncharov. Evading assassins and the FBI, Tommy locates Jake Grafton of "America" for help.