This oddly intriguing combination of nurse and detective story becomes more engrossing as it gains momentum. Cat Richardson lives a nurse's usual life--she's underpaid, overworked, and unappreciated by the hospital administration and the doctors. The story takes place over the course of a week when Cat's patients include an AIDS victim, a teenager who has attempted suicide, and a famous artist whose psychopathic lover has beaten her severely and may be coming back to finish the job. Detective Padcula's intervention is the catalyst that sets everything in motion as Cat's involvement with her patients brings on the final confrontation. The raw, gritty atmosphere of a hospital is well captured here by its author, a former nurse. She makes the reader think about death and the people who deal with it on a daily basis.