In streets burning with hatred, corruption and violence, there walks a powder keg with a short fuse called Brennan. When Brennan shoots a small-time crook in cold blood, he covers up the shooting as self-defence and Assistant DA Reilly is assigned to the investigation. Brennan's innocence rests on a clean Q&A but innocence is hard to prove when key witnesses become murder victims. Someone is trying to cover for Brennan and may succeed, unless one surviving witness takes the stand: gangster, drug-runner and racketeer Bobby Texador. Texador, Brennan and Reilly are as far apart as you can get when it comes to ideals-but when it comes to murder, invisible threads are drawing them together, tightening a noose around somebody's neck-but whose?