St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold is falling in love with Rabbi David Marcus. When a member of Marcus' synagogue, Bruce Rosenthal, cancels his appointment with Rachel and then turns up murdered, both Rachel and David assume the aborted appointment is somehow connected to the crime. Then Marcus is also murdered in what seems to be the work of an anti-Semitic hate group. Rachel, determined to solve both murders, discovers that Rosenthal was negotiating the merger of a small pharmaceutical firm with a larger conglomerate. The trail leads from there through the jungle of corporate law to the pharmaceutical firm's former owner, current Missouri senator and presidential hopeful Douglas Armstrong. The plotting is intricate, the dialogue witty, and Rachel's supporting cast, which includes a transsexual secretary named Jacki (formerly a steelworker named Jack), is memorable. Fine reading.