Tess Monaghan has learned the hard way how to survive on the streets of Baltimorefirst as a fearless investigative reporter and lately as a p.i. But a new case is about to take her way out of her element. What begins with a tantalizing shard of a newspaper headline, In Big Trouble, above a photograph of an old boyfriend will end far away in another world, where people dress and talk differently . . . and rich peoples games can have lethal consequences. Here where the sun is mercilessand curiosity can kill faster than a rattlers biteTess is going to have to confront her past and, hopefully, live to tell about it. For the answers she seeks about a man she thought she knew may be somehow linked to a murderer who two-steps to a very deadly drummer.