It began with the appearance of a creepily gaunt apparition on the streets of New York. The Skeleton Man, they called him. A veiled figure as stark and unnerving as the Grim Reaper. Then, innocent citizens began dying like flies sprayed by DDT! Smokers. Drinkers. Even common coffee was laced with tasteless death. Into this living hell plunges Richard Wentworth, determined to root out the faceless terrorist behind the wholesale poisoning of everything from tobacco to tea. And where Wentworth ventures, the Spider also stalks and slays!