The bak of the book reads: A string of murders that had begun in the past was working its way to the present. The victims were young women whose lives reached from the Second City to London's university to a refuge for battered women-two institutions at opposite ends of the social spectrum, yet connected by death. ...The killer in this case seems willing to wait for years for the right victim, the right mood. ...The complex web of interlocking cases opens a Pandora's box in Coffin's professional and personal life. A friend may be a killer.