The past is steeped in blood.
Bad things happen every day. No one knows this better than LAPD Detective Tully Jarsdel. He also knows that bad things often go unpunished―all it takes is a glance at his dusty stack of cold cases to see that time is kind to sinners.
A museum curator is found shot point-blank, his home torn apart. It’s the sort of random crime destined to fester in an evidence locker. But it’s a case tailor-made for the academic turned detective―he can’t leave any question unanswered. In pursuit of an untouchable killer, Jarsdel soon uncovers a web of fraud and corruption that leads him to sunny Catalina Island, Hollywood’s bygone playground. There, nothing is as it should be: the past is ever-present, and Jarsdel unwittingly finds himself embroiled in a widespread conspiracy. While reckoning with a dark legacy, he’ll exhume long-buried secrets of LA’s troubled past and with it, deadly consequences.
A searing mystery from critically acclaimed author Joseph Schneider, The Darkest Game is a story about dread, greed, and anguish; how it spreads like rot, and how one detective struggles to keep it at bay.