Acclaimed crime writer Kent Anderson’s “fiercely authentic and deeply disturbing” police novel, following a Vietnam veteran turned cop on the meanest streets of 1970s Portland, Oregon (Los Angeles Times).
Two kinds of cops find their way to Portland’s North Precinct: those who are sent there for punishment, and those who come for the action. Officer Hanson is the second kind, a veteran who survived the war in Vietnam only to decide he wanted to keep fighting at home. Hanson is good at war, and he follows his own code of justice.
But Hanson can’t outrun his memories of another, warmer battleground. His past threatens his future now: an enemy in the department is determined to unearth the darkest agonies of his war record. When another piece of his past surfaces, Hanson decides to risk his career, his sanity–even his life–for honor.