A cop turned junkie has to turn back in order to uncover a friend and colleague’s descent down the same dark path.
Mark Mallen has bottomed out. The former undercover cop got a little too embedded in a gig researching a drug ring in the San Francisco underbelly and ended up an addict. After being unceremoniously dismissed for good, Mark is on his own—permanently, it seems, since his family can’t accept what he’s become either. His days are spent on the streets and at his second home, the Cornerstone bar, until Officer Oberon Kane seeks him out with some additional bad news. Eric Russ, Mark’s friend from the academy, has met a similar fate, turning to the world of drugs and losing what he had in the world. The difference between Mark and Eric, Oberon tells him, is that Eric has been found dead. The only leads in Eric’s case are Mark’s contact information and the heroin, both found in Eric’s pocket. Though the police would never formally accept his help, Mark is determined to find out more about the crime, even if he has to get clean to do it. The terrible pull of his addiction isn’t his only trouble; local drug lords Jas and Griffin have evidently blown his former cover and are out for revenge.
Equally rooted in the struggle for justice and the struggle for sobriety, Lewis’ debut makes it clear that there may be no clear right or wrong.