The Seattle that Beau knew as a young policeman is disappearing.
The city is awash in the aromas emanating from a glut of coffee
bars, the neighborhood outside his condo building has sprouted
gallery upon gallery, and even his long cherished diner has evolved
into a trendy eatery for local hipsters. But the glam is strictly
surface, for the grit under the city's fingernails is caked with
blood. Beau and his new partner Sue Danielson, a struggling single
parent, are assigned the murder of an elderly woman torched to
death in her bed. As their investigation proceeds, Beau and Sue
become embroiled in a perilous series of events that will leave
them and their case shattered -- and for Beau nothing will ever be
the same again.