"Detective Archie Sheridan just has to get through his birthday and Halloween. But with serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose, the investigation into the murder of a DEA agent demanding his attention and journalist Susan Ward needing a favor, it's going to be a long weekend. Soon Archie finds himself crashing a masked ball on a private island owned by a notorious drug kingpin. By morning, Archie is back on pain killers, a guest is dead, and Archie realizes that liitle is what it seems. One thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and Archie's nemesis and sometimes lover has something special in mind for the birthday boy"--Back cover.