V.I. Warshawski isn't crazy about going back toher old south Chicago neighborhood, but a promiseis something she always keeps. Caroline, achildhood friend, has a dying mother and a problem --after twenty-five years she wants V.I. to find thefather she never knew. But when V.I. startsprobing into the past, she not only finds out where allthe bodies are buried -- she stumbles onto a verynew corpse. Now she's stirring up a deadly mix ofbig business and chemical corruption that maybecome a toxic shock to a snooper who knows toomuch.
"The best boldest work to date...A criminal investigation that is a genuine heroic quest." --The New York Times Book Review.