As Doug Sutherland is just about to start his new project of re-development, a body of alderman Danny Delaney is found inside one of the crumbling Greek columns. As he is investigated, it takes him on a journey back through his past.
The building in question belonged to his dad who mysteriously disappeared 15 years ago along with a substantial amount of money. This leads to a trail of political corruption throughout the powers of Chicargo from businessmen, politicians and some members of the police force.
As Doug tries to clear his Dad's name he locates certain documents and tapes which implicate the real culprits, as he approaches these people he puts his life and the life of his the sister of a murdered reporter, who is helping him, in danger.
Who can he trust, as everyone he looks to for help has a hidden agenda or is either linked or has been bribed by the murderers. Each time he gets closer or receives information, the informer ends up dead. Can Doug find out the truth?
The characters and the position and power they hold are current with the modern day and they way they act and respond to their fear are well described. This was a good follow up to the first instalment, The Lagarto Stone. I actually enjoyed this more than the first book as it was more believable and the actions of the bad guys reflected the power, corruption and the hold that certain individuals had over influencial peers.