It is holiday time and Roarke's Irish relatives are coming down to spend Thanksgiving with him in New York.
Eve and Peabody are investigating the brutal murders of the Reinholds, an ordinary middle-class family.
They soon realize that the murderer was none other than the Reinhold's 26-year-old son, Jerry, a social misfit liked nothing better than to steal money from his loved ones and spend his time lazing around or gambling.
Eve is given an offer of captaincy, something that she had secretly aspired for earlier.
When Jerry's former-girlfriend and a teacher who failed him in college end up dead, they realize that they are up against a violent killer who seems to have drawn a taste for blood and vengeance. Eve and Peabody interview Jerry's friends and relatives and come up with a list of people whom Jerry would love to torture and kill, but how do they know where he will strike next?
Best part of story, including ending:
Eve and Roarke seem much more mature than they were portrayed in the other books in this series and more realistic. We know the bad guy from the beginning of the story, but it does not make the book any less thrilling as we follow Eve and Peabody track him down to the end.
Best scene in story:
Eve and Roarke are honoured by the police department for their excellent work and contribution in solving crimes and for saving the city from a dangerous biochemical weapon in one of her earlier cases. All of Eve's friends, Roarke's relatives and a few survivors from her previous cases turn up making it an emotional moment for Eve.
Opinion about the main character:
Eve's kick-ass humour and the way she always comes around to do the right thing for her friends or Roarke's family, no matter how much she cribs about it!