Harlem is deadly cold the night private eye SJ Rook arrives home to find his own apartment building is a crime scene. With his pal NYPD Detective Archie Lin working the case, Rook join the investigation into the death of his neighbor. Nomie George was a gentle, unassuming city bureaucrat, with few friends and no apparent enemies. Could her lonely death be a suicide? Or might a brutal murderer be on the loose? Their leads turning to ice, Rook and Lin are stunned when another murder lands even closer to home: in the backyard of Rook's own detective agency. Adding to Rook's troubles are a disgruntled preacher, a wily mob kingpin, and a baffled roommate, as Rook races against time to solve this case before more lives are lost.