Can this go-for-it detective really be the Albert Samson we used to know? Advertising his wares on television? Having too many clients? If the workload is too intense, no problem: hire help for the less-pressing jobs.
In this novel, a 'Marlowe' winner in Germany, which cases have the strongest claim on Samson's attentions? Maybe it's the extraordinary fact that terrorism has come to Indianapolis. Yes, Indianapolis. A band of environmental extremists has hit the headlines by planting a bomb a week.
Not that Samson's been hired to find them - that's a job for the cops. But the city's panic has even affected Samson's normally level-headed police friend. For a moment - just a moment - the guy actually thinks Samson has something to do with the bomb-planters.
But that's ridiculous. Isn't it?