Moses Falls returned from the Gulf War to find his 10-year-old sister convulsing on the sofa. He rushed her to the hospital--where she died twenty minutes later from methamphetamine overdose.
Years later, Falls is the DEA's most committed undercover agent with a paranormal ability to sense drug use. His latest assignment takes him to Seattle to investigate a sudden rash of drug-related deaths.
He follows a meth trail into an underground club and encounters Métisse, a coldly beautiful assassin who hides her eyes behind pince-nez sunglasses. Falls senses a fetid and dark magic about her, but agrees to an uneasy alliance when he learns they share an enemy in common: Lord Pramoj, whose brand of street "ice" may be what's responsible for filling Seattle's emergency rooms.
Their quest to overthrow the U.S.'s most powerful drug lord leads Falls and Métisse deep into Seattle's underworld, where they learn that--just like Falls' sister years ago--impoverished children with no history of drug use are inexplicably dying. Agent Falls suspects that Pramoj's drug operation is merely a cover for something even more terrible, that the drug lord has greater ambitions than they imagined. Their only hope may be the dark magic that Métisse--the woman Falls is growing to love--keeps hidden behind her sunglasses.
So, what happens if they fail? More people die? yawn. The stakes have to be personal. What happens to HIM if he fails?
It also seems that the story really starts when he meets Metisse (the name of course instantly conjures up the dog in Down and Out in Beverly Hills). What's her story? What are the stakes for her? I'm always interested in assassins, particularly conflicted ones.