When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt's ex-boyfriend and a popular musician in the Bay Area scene is found dead in his apartment, his cherished guitars missing, the police are convinced it's a simple robbery. But Claire knows that nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul's fate in her other cases-especially a long-ago missing girl in New York's gritty East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: The detective won t know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart. And love, in all its forms, is the greatest mystery of all-at least to the world's greatest P.I.With a heroine hailed as a charmer (New York Times Book Review), from an author who reminds me why I fell in love with the genre (Laura Lippman), this is an addictive new adventure for an irresistible detective.