Tuki Aparecio did not kill her lover. She did not burn down the Painted Lady - at least, not with fire. Tuki lit up the stage nightly, with her hair in braids and her glorious costumes; glittering, smoldering, singing her heart out for an audience who loved her. She brought the house down with her performances. But she's innocent of murder, innocent of arson. How can Michael DeCastro possibly hope to defend this beautiful drag queen?
When Michael Decastro gets an email from Tuki his long-gone client, the lady of ten thousand mysteries he doesn t hesitate a moment. He heads to Bangkok to find ... what? He doesn t know. To face what dangers? He hasn t imagined. All he knows is that she s beckoned, and he can t resist her call.And now, face-to-face with Tuki and a ruby so beautiful it has its own name, Michael must make a choice....
Young Cape Cod public defender and commercial fisherman Michael Decastro ventures to Saigon with his father, a Vietnam War vet, to come to the aid of his long-lost client and love-interest Tuki Aparecio. The half-Vietnamese, half-African American diva is in a fight of her life with a mysterious dragon lady from Indochina's underworld. At stake is an antique ruby in Tuki's possession...and the mortal souls of everyone Decastro loves. Ghosts that the Decastros and Tuki carry with them will have their day.
Winter in a New England prep school brings term papers, wet snow, and the suicide of a young black student. Except Liberty Baker's friends are convinced she couldn't have taken her own life, and Liberty's faculty advisor, Awasha Patterson, believes them. She is desperate to believe any theory that Liberty's death was suspicious - Awasha turned the girl away the night of her death. If Liberty had been suicidal, Awasha had missed the signs. But how to prove it?