Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec,
has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to
testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going
over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza
parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized
remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they
Homicide detective Luc Claudel believes the bones are
historic. Not his case, not his concern. But when Tempe examines the
bones in her lab, she establishes approximate age with Carbon 14.
Further study of tooth enamel tells her where the women were born. If
she's right, Claudel has three recent murders on his hands. Definitely
Detective Andrew Ryan is acting mysteriously. What are
those private phone calls he takes in the other room, and why does he
suddenly disappear just when Tempe is beginning to hope he might be a
permanent part of her life? Looks like more lonely nights for Tempe and
Birdie, her cat.
As Tempe searches for answers in both her
personal and professional lives, she finds herself drawn deep into a web
of evil from which there may be no escape. Women have disappeared,
never to return...Tempe may be next.