Mysterious, Sep 2003, 23.95, 338 pp.
After receiving her diploma from the Institute for Eternal living, Frances Oliver joins the Society of Deathmaidens. She wants to help people die gracefully and with dignity when they are ready to cross over. In Los Angeles, Frances the Deathmaiden has come to help young Mexican Tomas Gomez die. Though the lad lies in a comatose state and is pronounced brain dead, Frances feels he is not ready to move on and even might recover. However, the Silvanus Corporation arrives to harvest the body parts.
Frances wonders if Tomas was murdered so that his organs could be reaped by Silvanus. Unable to ignore what happened to the youngster, the ethical Frances begins to investigate what happened to the child who suffered a head trauma. She traces his trail back to his Mexican hometown. There in the remote mountain village she may find the handsome kind stranger may be the one to speed up her steps into the afterlife.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner