Tom Armitage needs this story. Bright, slick and outwardly affluent, he knows his career as a ‘lifestyle journalist’ is hollow. So when a chance introduction presents him with a scoop on a mystery that is dominating the nation’s tabloids, he throws himself into a new and dangerous world. Behind London’s glittering East End boom lies a darker bedrock many would sooner forget: drugs, organised crime, prostitution rackets, and murder. Every new character he encounters is intent on changing their life story – and they’re willing to sacrifice the truth to achieve it. As Tom unearths personal histories, connecting buried fragments from shattered lives, he shifts from observer to player in the game, a game with seemingly no rules save one: once you’re in, you never truly get out.