• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 17, 2015)
They call it pulling the trigger.
Not by a killer in the night, but by a judge on the bench.
Twenty years ago, Judge Ray McMullin proved to the people of San Francisco that he could pull that trigger by sentencing Israel Dominguez to death for a gangland murder. But it meant suppressing his own doubts about whether the punishment really did fit the crime.
Now, as the execution date nears, the conscience-wracked judge confesses his unease to former homicide detective Harlan Donnally on a riverbank in far Northern California. And after immersing himself in the Norteño and Sureño gang wars, which left trails of bullets and blood crisscrossing the state, and in the betrayals of both cops and crooks alike, Donnally is forced to question not only whether the penalty was undeserved but the conviction itself.
Soon those doubts and questions double back, for in the aging judge’s panic, in his lapses of memory and his confusions, Donnally begins to wonder whether he’s chasing the facts of the case or just phantoms of a failing mind. But there’s no turning back, for the edge of night is fast closing in on Dominguez, on McMullin, and on Donnally himself.
About Steven Gore
Steven Gore is a renowned private investigator turned “masterful” writer (Publishers Weekly), who combines “a command of storytelling” with “insider knowledge” (Library Journal). With a unique voice honed both on the street and in the Harlan Donnally and Graham Gage novels, Gore’s stories are grounded in his decades spent investigating murder; fraud; organized crime; corruption; and drug, sex, and arms trafficking throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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