Culver’s character, Ashraf Rashid, is an unusual individual
He is a detective for the Indianapolis Police Department, a Muslim who prays on a daily schedule as do most followers of Islam. And he requires a drink or two, sometimes more—of alcohol, no less—now and then to keep him on an even keel. He cannot simply turn off his emotions at the end of a day. Ash’s challenges in this novel are numerous and intense. The story opens when he has to undertake a part of his job that he dislikes and dreads—telling a victim’s family of a death.