Maggie May has only weeks until graduation when Edward Gripp, a wealthy benefactor and the architect of Maggie’s art college, goes missing from a campus Halloween party. Bill Bleach, the gawkish young detective assigned to the case, discovers a mysterious labyrinth within the walls of the art college where it appears Gripp spied on the activities of the faculty and students. When Gripp’s mutilated body is found and a gorgeous art professor is also slain, panic spreads through art college.
No one escapes Bleach’s scrutiny, from the party’s most distinguished guests to the terrified art students. But his investigation is complicated when he finds himself attracted to Maggie, whose dark and troubled past makes her a prime suspect. Bleach fights to stay focused, determined to untangle the web of lies and stop a devious serial killer from striking again.