New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
297 p. ; 25 cm.
Michael Kelly mysteries
When a lightbulb falls in a subway tunnel, it releases a pathogen that could kill millions. While the government postures, people begin to die, especially on the city's grim West Side. Hospitals become morgues. L trains are converted into rolling hearses. Finally, the government acts, sealing off entire sections of the city under strict quarantine measures. Meanwhile, Michael Kelly hunts for the people who poisoned his city. The search takes him into the tangled underworld of Chicago's West Side gangs and the even more frightening world of black biology, an elite secret science emerging from the nation's premier labs, where scientists play God, creating life-forms that can kill millions with a single breath.