Fast-paced action and a great plot make this a tough novel to put down! Initially V.I. Warshawski’s decision to help a group of girls leave a crime scene seems a bit suspect, but as the story continues the reasons behind her decision become clear. The tangled web surrounding the murder is an intricate puzzle that keeps readers in suspense right up to the end.

V.I.’s cousin asks her to track down a group of girls from the youth book club sponsored by an immigrant aid foundation. The girls, a mix of wealthy girls and recent immigrants, have snuck out of their homes at midnight. V.I. finds the girls participating in an occult ritual in a cemetery. Then V.I. discovers a corpse and things get serious quickly. Initially she doesn’t suspect a link and helps the girls leave the scene before the police arrive. Soon, it becomes evident that there is a connection, and the potential players include several of Chicago’s rich and powerful. (PUTNAM, Jan., 432 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed by: 
Roseann Marlett