The Pacific Northwest, November. Detective Archie Stevens is conflicted about his future in police work. Following up a trivial cold case nobody else wants, he finds the mutilated corpse of a commercial diver. At first, the case seems straightforward. The diver was a poacher and his partner is the likely suspect. As the pressure to solve the case increases, Archie is drawn deeper into a web of corruption, deceit, criminality and horror. Pushed to his limits, he must reconnect with a community from which he is estranged and rely, once again, on friends who never abandoned him.
"Cranny's portrayal of a small, mist filled coastal community adds to the atmosphere of danger and mystery that permeates the book from start to finish. He has conjured up a locale and scene that is equal to Martin Cruz Smith's portrayal of the Siberian steppes or Henning Mankell's lonely winter landscapes!"