"HADDAM...PLAYS THE MYSTERY GAME LIKE A MASTER!" -- Chicago Tribune
"BRING YOUR BODY..." reads the health club flyer, "to the Fountain of Youth Workout Studio--Be a New You for the New Year!" And co-owners leggy Magda Hale and her dashing husband, Simon, are busy signing up a slew of New Haven women eager to be younger, thinner, fitter. But the session gets off to a rather unhealthy start when the body of a weight-training instructor--stark naked and lethally poisoned--is found in the buses behind the club.
For ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, called in to investigate by a New Haven cop, it's shaping up to be a very strange case indeed. And the mystery wil only deepen when the great detective finds himself up against a police contact who's less than helpful, a balcony as fragile as tinsel, and a murderer who kiips toasting the season in arsenic--for the sake of a macabre Auld Lang Syne.