When retired Detective Lieutenant Jack Lehman receives a phone call from a former snitch telling him of a one-half million-dollar heist that's occurred, his first instinct is to inform his ex-colleagues at the Westend Detective District station house of the crime. A strange thing happens, though, shortly after he begins telling his story to the current captain: he forgets the names of the snitch and of the victim of the heist. His credibility shot, he leaves the station in shame.
Embarrassed by this performance, and anxious because his memory seems to be deserting him, Lehman decides to investigate and see what he can turn up himself. Although he possesses sound instincts, his memory constantly betrays him, leading the police and his family to conclude he's going senile. The only person who doesn't think Lehman is losing his edge is the perpetrator, who decides the ex-cop must be taken out of the picture.
The author of thirteen novels, Shubin knows how to keep a reader's attention, delivering a crackerjack mystery story featuring a man in a life and death struggle against both old age and decay and the criminal element he's determined to bring to justice. Lehman's despair is almost palpable: the audience, which knows Jack is not crazy, can only watch helplessly as those he loves and respects challenge his every assertion and act. Truly courageous, Lehman is a character who will win the hearts and the minds of readers, who can't help but root for this tough, determined underdog.