It begins with an abandoned birds nest a nest made of hair -- human hair. Who is the victim? And what is the cause of death? A trail of grisly clues leads Lt. Joe Gunther to discover the victim's identity: a teenaged girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Searching for the truth, the investigation leads from the basement dives of Brattleboro to the mansions of its leading citizens. But the key to it all lies locked in the mind of World War II veteran. Now Gunther must find a way to open up the ragman's memory...before a killer strikes again.
"A pleasure...Mr. Mayor has created an intelligent, gentle, and feeling human being in Gunther....A lovely way to spend a few hours". -- Washington Times
"By practicing his craft with dazzling skill and by digging for deeper moral issues behind every grassroots crime he has made an honorable art form of the regional mystery". -- The New York Times Book Review
"Fascinating...the Joe Gunther novels are among the best mysteries being written today". -- Booklist (starred review)
Here is the seventh in the acclaimed series of police procedurals by Archer Mayor.