Exracetrack journalist Priam Harvey, occupant of the prized "corner stool" at McCullys Tavern, marks the first anniversary of his firing from Sport of Kings magazine and the coincident departure of his girlfriend, Barbara, by doing what he does best: drinking and gambling.
Events conspire, however, and when Harvey is pulled off his stool -- literally and metaphorically -- he is forced to make an important decision about his involvement in the lives of those around him, and, for that matter, in his own life.
Harvey, who appeared briefly in J.D. Carpenter's first novel, The Devil in Me, and played a major role in its sequels, Bright's Kill ("a satisfying suspense story of the first order" -- Edmonton Journal) and 74 Miles Away ("slick, smart, not a shred of padding" -- Globe and Mail), takes centre stage in this unusual tale of one mans coming to terms with himself.
Young's pursuit takes him all the way from the nightclubs of New York to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and the backwater bars of Grand Bahama Island before the possibility presents itself that the murderer might actually be right in his own backyard.