Miami, 1981. When Detective Max Mingus and his partner Joe are called to the scene of a death at Miami's Primate Park, it looks like another routine — if slightly bizarre — investigation. Until two things turn up: the victim's family, slaughtered; and a partly digested tarot card in the dead man's stomach. The King of Swords.
An increasingly bloody trail leads Max and Joe first to a sinister fortune-teller and her scheming pimp son, then to the infamous Solomon Boukman. Few have ever met the most feared criminal in Miami, but rumours abound of a forked tongue, voodoo ceremonies and friends in very high places.
Against a backdrop of black magic and police corruption, Max and Joe must distinguish the good guys from the bad - and track down some answers. What is the significance of the King of Swords? What makes those who have swallowed the card go on a killing spree just before they die? And can Max find out the truth about Solomon Boukman, before death's shadow reaches his own front door...?
THE JOB; find a rich man's kidnapped son in Haiti. THE REWARD: $10 million to bring the boy back alive. THE MAN: Max Mingus, ex cop, ex-PI and now ex-con. THE STAKES: his predecessors haven't just failed, they're been destroyed...Max Mingus knows the price of a bad risk, but he takes the Haiti job because no one else will. A lawless of voodoo and black magic where each man must face his personal demons, Haiti is also home to a monster they call Mr Clarinet - infamous for spiriting countless children away from their families. In searching for the boy - alive or dead - Max has only his life to lose. But in Haiti, there are fates far worse than death...