Features Private Detective VI Warshawski.
Vic Warshawski was not always Chicago's slickest Private Investigator. She used to play nurse-maid to Caroline Djiak, and now Caroline is employing Vic to find out who her father was.
Vic's investigations lead her to the seedy South Side of Chicago and the Xerxes chemical plant where Caroline's mother was once employed. There, even the most innocuous questions meet with deafening silence. Something is being concealed. Something a lot more serious than a paternity suit. Can Vic expose the truth before she is removed from the case - permanently?