The third outing for Denver antiques dealer/decorator Jason Lynx (Death and the Dogwalker; A Little Neighborhood Murder) reopens an issue Jason thought was permanently closed: Who badly burned him as a toddler and abandoned him to an orphanage? As Jason searches for the author of the extortion letters he finds in the effects of his foster father, it becomes clear that the person was related to simple-minded domestic Simonetta Fixe, who was murdered with an ice pick in front of an abortion clinic during a sit-in while Jason, unknowingly, watched it happen. Then the killer snipes at Jason, and, while gal pal Grace, a cop, tries to keep him safe, Jason runs afoul of the mob-connected Fixe family--in which two arranged marriages thwarted Jason's foster dad from marrying his true love in one case and may have resulted in Jason's illegitimate birth in the other. Meanwhile, more murders are revealed, and the more family secrets Jason uncovers, the less he's inclined to introduce himself properly to his birth family. One final death puts paid to an old family oath, and brings about Jason's ultimate acceptance of his roots. Complex, rich, and finely drawn. Jason's craving for a family and his ambivalence toward this specific one are strong stuff. A winner.