My name is Noel Glass. I once was a respected scientist and madly in love. All that ended in a splash of scarlet. I can never forget, and I will never forgive myself. It?s 1953 and I?m a shamus working the streets of Industry City. I don?t rely on instinct; science is my game. The cases I get, and the booze I drink, keep oblivion just a step away. That is, until some rich recluse walks in and tells me that accident from all this years ago was a set-up, a frame job, and I was meant to take the fall. Now I have to clear my name? like that?s easy. Everyone?s keeping secrets. Who can I trust? My neighbor, the mysteriously connected Wan Lee? Or the songbird Merlot Sterling? Her lies are almost as beautiful as her voice. Even the muscle-bound bodyguard I inherited can?t keep the hit men, spies ? or my own government ? from trying to put me six-feet under. You see, this secret organization believes I know something and wants to keep me quiet. All I do know is they?re aiming to remake the world into their own twisted image using a device I created. They?ve already axed one world leader, and Ike could be next. God, I could use a shot of bourbon and some answers, but neither comes cheap these days.