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They say lightning never strikes the same spot twice. Detective Martin Emmett is about to prove the exception to the rule. It is the summer of 1967 and a heat wave is bringing Newark, New Jersey's simmering racial tensions to a boiling point. Banished to desk duty, his career on the line, Emmett is offered a chance at professional redemption if he can quickly and quietly solve the murder of a black teenage boy whose mutilated body has been found in a subway tunnel. But Emmett discovers that the teen is a victim of a sadistic predator who abducts boys to use as prey in a twisted game of cat and mouse. While the riots engulf Newark, crippling the city with chaos, Emmett must track down the killer before the next hunt begins.
“Polish-American homicide cop Martin Emmett…is a terrific character.” Grade: B
“A gritty, historically rich narrative…Many cuts above the typical police procedural.”
“Evocative…a vivid portrayal of a city where racial tensions have escalated from a steady simmer to a raging boil.”