D.C. private-eye Leo Haggerty (A Tax in the Blood, Embrace the Wolf, etc.) tackles one last ""field"" case before settling down behind a desk: this time, to bodyguard popstar Jane Doe, in town for 48 hours for a deposition (her group, Pleasure Principle, is being sued for negligence by a kid injured at a concert); according to her manager, Nick Ballantine, she's received serious hate mail. Leo saves her from one murder attempt (by a band member's jealous groupie), and then Jane whisks him off to a Caribbean resort weekend as a sort of reward; she also wants him to help her decide about signing a new recording contract. Meanwhile, a fishing boat lurks where there are no fish; Jane is almost drowned; and, when Leo surfaces, the spurious fishermen either soon die or are carted off to jail--along with Jane's Mob-bought manager, who was told: get her name on the dotted line or else. Deft portrait of the hotel-room havoc that pop groups can wreak, their sulky demands, hangers-on, and, in some cases, charismatic talent. Sturdy, ever-sexy Leo is fine company (soon-to-be-wife Freda, an actress, would agree), and Schutz's slim but steadily paced story is engaging. A nice, midwinter diversion.