Most-of-the-time mystery author, part time police detective, Ian Janik has a problem.
A gold miner has been murdered in the small Colorado town of Falls River. It’s an unheard-of crime in this pastural enclave of eccentrics.
Problem is the prospector wasn’t who he said he was. In fact, he never existed at all according to official records. To make matters murkier, his body is now missing from the morgue.
As if things weren’t difficult enough, Ian’s police chief assigns his niece, Megan Underwood, to assist in the investigation. With his new partner, Ian must build a picture of the quintessential man who wasn’t there.
“Leave the case alone and we’ll leave you alone,” Ian and his partner are told by a shadowy government operative. That warning only spurs the pair to push further and deeper into what could get them killed.
One piece at a time, the puzzle pieces are fitted together and a scandal reaching into the highest echelons of power is exposed.