Back in St. Petersburg to visit his old friends Lev and Tanya, Alex Phillips is horrified when his spur-of-the-moment request to Lev to change some dollars into rubles leads to a street corner altercation that leaves Lev shot dead. Convinced that Tanya's repressed some memory of the event that would tell him who killed Lev, Alex takes her to his blind, paraplegic sister Maddie's intimate E-mail friend, Pavel Kamikov, hypnotherapist extraordinaire. But the memories Pavel dredges up lead to nothing but unhelpful nightmares, and in the meantime, Alex is finding out that Tanya's hiding plenty of other secrets too--from her divorce from Lev three years ago to her involvement with the New World Order mafia. Only his own hypnotic regression back on Maddie's secluded Michigan island will allow Alex to recall every piece of the puzzle--or will it? Though Maddie's hypnotherapy sessions provide a mystery formula that guarantees thrills and chills, no matter how empty, Zimmerman (Blood Trance, 1993, etc.) overreaches himself this time in his search for a still more amazing climax, making this the weakest of the Maddie and Alex yarns to date.