Only six weeks have passed since Nota County Sheriff's detective Tom Newquist died of a heart attack. His widow is sure he was keeping secrets from her - and she wants private investigator Kinsey Millhone to find out what he was up to. But no one is prepared to talk. Newquist appeared to lead an exemplary life, so what could he possibly have to conceal? Kinsey's next interview is with a masked attacker in her motel room, serving up serious physical damage as a warning. And then there's a chilling new clue: a drawing of a rope - fashioned into a hangman's noose... The latest Kinsey Millhone Mystery.