The ninth novel in the V.I. Warhawski crime series, set in Chicago, from prize-winning author Sara Paretsky. While driving home after celebrating friend and sometime rival Murray Ryerson's appointment as a host on Global's TV network, V.I. almost runs over a dying woman lying in the street. As she stops to help, she has no idea that she is being dropped squarely into a boiling intrigue. The woman, Nicola Aguinaldo, is a runaway from a women's prison and an ex-employee of security firm giant BB Baladine. When V.I. investigates the mysterious circumstances of Nicola's death, she finds herself head-to-head with one of the world's largest providers of private security and prison services, a case that exposes dark truths behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry.