Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzlingnbsp;nbsp;summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble isnbsp;nbsp;Chicago private eye V.I. Warshwski's specialty.nbsp;nbsp;Her client says he's the prominent banker, Johnnbsp;nbsp;Thayer. Turns out he's not. He says his son'snbsp;nbsp;girlfriend, Anita Hill, is missing. Turns out that'snbsp;nbsp;not her real name. V.I.'s search turns up someonenbsp;nbsp;soon enough -- the real John Thayer's son, andnbsp;nbsp;he's dead. Who's V.I.'s client? Why has she beennbsp;nbsp;set up and sent out on a wild-goose chase? By thenbsp;nbsp;time she's got it figured, things are hotter --nbsp;nbsp;and deadlier -- than Chicago in July. V.I.'s in anbsp;nbsp;desperate race against time. At stake: a youngnbsp;nbsp;woman's life.