Pete Sawyer is a priveate investigator who's half-French, half-American, and toatlly sophisticated. After a career as a Chicago cop, federal narc, and Senate investigator abroad, he's in business for himself at his villa on the Riviera. But it never gets easy.
On a midnight in December, Fritz Donhoff - Pete's partner and surrogate father - is shot down in Paris. Fritz has left a case behind that Pete can't turn his back on.
Susan Kape, the beautiful young oil heiress, hungers for a foothold inthe international art world - and the Etruscan tomb filled with priceless relics may help her get it. All she needs is an easy eighteen million dollars and Pete's protection while she has the discovery authenticated in Italy.
Pete must call on all his creative powers as a sleuth and survivor to solve this insprired mystery - while a gallery of murder victims collects artlessly around him....