When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla's stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group The Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins their ranks in order to find out more-while someone is searching for her.
At the start of MWA Grand Master Muller's absorbing 32nd Sharon McCone mystery (after 2012's Looking for Yesterday), Jay and Camilla Givens, an attractive young couple who live in San Francisco's upscale Russian Hill neighborhood, come to the PI with a disturbing story. Camilla claims that one evening, while walking past a vacant lot, she saw people in hoods about to sacrifice an infant on "an outdoor fireplace, probably bought from Williams-Sonoma." Jay is skeptical of his wife's tale, as is McCone, who pegs Camilla as "an emotional defective." But she agrees to look into the matter, and soon discovers that Jay has ties to a shadowy treasure-hunting cult called the Night Searchers. Accompanied by her handsome nephew, computer whiz Mick Savage, McCone covertly joins the group for a harrowing night on the town. McCone's daring and smarts make her an irresistible heroine. The brisk narrative vividly evokes contemporary San Francisco.