In her previous outing, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome—almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. As Sharon struggles to regain control over her body, her relationships with her husband and her colleagues are suffering, but when a friend from physical therapy goes missing, Sharon must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth. The investigation soon points to national security issues and proves to be Sharon's most dangerous and critical case yet.
"Throughout her many McCone novels, [Marcia] Muller has displayed a knack both for keeping the series fresh and for allowing her character to grow…. After all these years, Muller's series remains a gold standard for female detective stories." (Kirkus) (starred review)