As Talcott (Misha) Garland, a Yale law school professor, mourns the death (murder?)of his father, a federal judge once nominated for the supreme court, Jack Ziegler, a longtime friend of the family, approaches him at the cemetery and tells him two facts; his father left "arrangements" that Jack wants, and Talcott and his wife, Kimmer (Kimberly) and his three year old son are out of danger.
With these words, Talcott is led into a madcap race for the "arrangements", complicated by a cryptic note left by his father. Are they papers, treasures or valuable objects? Why does the criminal, Jack, want them? The quest for information is strewn with dead,tortured bodies, false FBI agents, and an unfaithful wife. Chess moves provide Misha with clues if he can only figure them out. This 658-page mystery, unraveled in Washington, D.C., Martha's Vinyard, and a town suspiciously similar to New Haven, Connecticut, keeps the reader on edge with its cleverly placed clues and intellectual mindgames.
This report prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson