By Ace Atkins
Avon, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060004637, 384pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2005
A gritty and atmospheric thriller by a talented young writer.
Tulane professor and problem solver Nick Travers is minding his own business when a friend from his college football days asks a favour. Teddy Paris is a record producer and his biggest rap star, a kid from the projects named Alias, needs help. Somebody has ripped off Alias's assets. Always ready to bail out a buddy, Nick dives in, but the closer he gets to unmasking the villain, the more danger he unleashes until his own life is on the line.