Sal Cupertine is a legendary hit man for the Chicago Mafia, known for his ability to kill anyone, anywhere, without leaving a trace. Until now, that is. His first-ever mistake forces Sal to botch an assassination, killing three undercover FBI agents in the process. He knows this could be his death sentence...so he agrees to a radical idea to save his own skin. A few surgeries and some intensive training later, and Sal Cupertine is gone, disappeared into the identity of Rabbi David Cohen. Leading his congregation in Las Vegas, Rabbi Cohen feels his wicked past slipping away from him. Yet, as it turns out, the Mafia isn't quite done with him yet. And that rogue FBI agent on his trail, seeking vengeance, isn't going to let Sal fade so easily into the desert.
Tod Goldberg is the author of the crime-tinged novels LIVING DEAD GIRL, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, FAKE LIAR CHEAT, and the Burn Notice series based on the popular US TV show. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, twice receiving Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize and a Distinguished Story of the Year award in the 2009 Best American Mystery Stories.