||Jim Messenger is a San Francisco CPA who hates his job, loves jazz, and is fascinated by the loneliness of the woman he sees every day at the Harmony Cafe. When the woman commits suicide, Messenger becomes obsessed with finding the answer to the riddle of the mysterious woman's life and death. His search takes him to the quiet little town of Beulah, Nevada, where he discovers horrifying secrets coiled like rattlesnakes ready to strike.
||Jim Messenger is a CPA who hates his job, loves jazz, and can't forget a woman he has seen eating at the Harmony Café. She goes by the name of Janet Mitchell, and when he introduces himself, her only comment is, "It won't do you any good." When she commits suicide, Messenger is driven to find out why. Her name is only the first of the lies he uncovers. In "historic Beulah," Nevada, secrets coil like rattlesnakes ready to strike, and suffering lies like a suffocating blanket over lives put on hold. Starting with one slender clue, Messenger embarks on a search for the truth that becomes a rite of passage. By the end, lives have been changed, a horrible murder brought to light, and a quiet, little town irrevocably torn apart.