In the ninth Pendergast novel, New York Times reporter William Smithback and his wife Nora are celebrating their one-year anniversary.
When Nora steps out to pick up a sweet surprise for Bill she
comes home to a gruesome surprise of her
has been brutally murdered in their apartment and she
is attacked by the same assailant in the hallway.
In this installment Bill Smithback's
death seems to be linked to his
exposé of a place called The Ville, a shanty town of sorts squatting on public park property.