Fifth in a series of noir mysteries featuring newspaper reporter
Samuel Hamilton, The Halls of Power explores corruption
at the top of the money chain in San Francisco in the early 1960s.
The work teems with eccentric characters at every level of
society—hardboiled cops, immigrant workmen, and prosperous
businessmen. None, however, can rival the albino sage, Mr. Song, who
steps in with vigilante justice when the system stops working for
the people of Chinatown.