A career prosecutor suddenly finds himself thrust into the world of dirty politics when his boss resigns to accept a judgeship. He readily finds that the ruling political machine has created a system where any opposition finds itself either in prison or forever disgraced. He must shortly choose between the ethics which have guided his career thus far and actions which would ensure his survival.
Certain he is doomed, State's Attorney Edward A. Cranford nonetheless tries to do what is right, encountering both the vengeance and greed that could at any moment destroy him and allies who, like him, refuse to give in.
An authentic tale of justice and politics in modern America written by a 25-year veteran of prosecution, The Slender Reed brings to life the struggle between those determined to wield unquestioned power, and those whose faith in the system demands they be stopped.