What happens when the law is too kind to catch a killer? Clement Mansell openly boasted to the police that he had killed nine people. In fact, he lives his life proud that he has deprived nine others of theirs. Lieutenant Raymond Cruz missed his chance of sending Mansell away two years ago when the killer slid through a legal loophole. Now Cruz has his chance again. But when the law is too kind to convict a killer, the streets of Detroit become a city primeval.