She was killed by the angel-a beautiful Jamaican graduate student thrust from a third floor window of the St. Martins College English Department to strike the strange bronze seraphim below with lethal force. And soon again, the angel of death casts its shadow over the halls of St. Martins-a professor stabbed at her desk, a graduate assistant cut down in the doorway of the department's computer lab, and young professor Eurydice Smith marked as the next victim.
Whose fury enacts the angel's wrath? Suspects multiply: a husband enraged by a willful wife, a professor unfaithful to his dying wife, a poet hungry for praise and competitive students keen with envy.
Accountant Daniel Pryor, trapped in life-threatening mourning for his dead wife, and Lt Evan Titus, brilliant black state trooper, alone in the white world of Maryland's Eastern Shore, must join forces to save Eurydice who seems to entice the violence. They must convince her before it's too late to recognize how the demands of her stem-cell researcher husband-soon to be a Presidential appointee-and her own dark secrets may entwine to summon death's dark angel.