Elvis Cole series. Gritty realism in the California mold, that's Crais's style. But it's way more than that, also being a chronicle of friendship, of revenge, and of how far people can be driven. A man's body, dead a week, is discovered when police evacuate a community threatened by wildfire. Police soon discover the dead man could be a serial killer, with the murders of seven women to his credit. On one of them, Elvis Cole had proved the cops wrong and the man was freed. Shortly, Cole, world's best detective, gets life-threatening calls. Questioning his previous work, he must go back to the crimes and see what went wrong. As usual, top-notch suspense and an intricate plot leads the reader to a surprising conclusion...no, two surprising conclusions. A 4.5.