The eleventh novel in the V.I. Warhawski crime series, set in Chicago, from prize-winning author Sara Paretsky. In the wake of 9/11, private investigator V.I. Warshawski is glad to take on a routine stake-out of a derelict family estate, Larchmont Hall, for her most important client, Darraugh Graham. What she doesn't expect is to find a dead African-American journalist in the ornamental pond ...When the suburban cops dismiss the man as a drunken criminal who stumbled to his death, his family call on V.I. for help. Finding herself in the middle of a Gothic tale of sex, money, and power, V.I. follows the trail to the McCarthy era blacklists, as well as the ominous police powers held by the American government. Cornered by an array of business and political leaders, has V.I. bitten off more than she can chew?