Features Private Detective VI Warshawski.
Private Eye Vic Warshawski is in a professional and financial mess. What she needs is a lucrative case. What she doesn't need are the woes of a homeless family, a love-sick teenage computer-hack - and a dead body slumped over her desk . . .
The body is a big embarrassment. Firstly, Vic knows the victim. Secondly, the murderer has removed Vic's computer files. Thirdly, Vic is the initial suspect. And to cap it all, being suspected of murder is going to interfere with the case that Vic, at last, has been given - to investigate the dodgy background of a construction company.
Life has somehow got very complicated. But as Vic proceeds with her case, she realises with mounting horror that life is actually very simple: all her problems are connected . . . and none of them, as someone is desperately trying to prove, would exist if Vic were dead . . .