Indianapolis social worker Adele Buffington’s caseload is unusually heavy: Solve a murder, find a missing mother and her young daughters, stay alive
Adele Buffington is working late when she’s startled by an intruder. The next day a man is found murdered. The note pinned to his jacket reads, “Hands off, social workers!” Then, a woman and her two young daughters go missing. When Adele decides to launch her own investigation, with the help—or hindrance—of PI Albert Samson and Lt. Leroy Powder, she quickly finds herself out of her depth, haunted by echoes of her own past and by a killer who could obliterate her future.