"Jesus Christ. I found one." These words, blurted over the phone to Constable Snowy Lane, signalled the beginning of a series of events which were to reverberate in his life and shake Perth to its foundations. It was 1979. Mr Gruesome had taken another victim and all of Perth was riveted by the emergence of the dark side of the City of Light. Snowy Lane, first as a young cop, then as a private detective, finds himself inextricably linked with Mr Gruesome and the human and political power plays that unfold against the excess and corruption of the 1980s. Footballer, lover, detective, reluctant suburban boy - Snowy turns his gaze on himself and the place of his birth; the bands, the derbies, the pubs, the America's Cup, the politicians and the hills are brought into fond and ironic focus as Snowy closes in on Mr Gruesome and finds the beginnings of his own redemption.