On a sultry night in June 1897, Pyotr Ivanovich Balenov, a young Russian, and two young women, Silva and Angela Molise, transport a dead man through the narrow streets of a working class neighborhood in northeastern Paris. They throw the body into the canal and the girls flee to the Latin Quarter to stay with one of the Russian's anarchist "comrades." They do not realize they too are being watched. Their subsequent disappearance and the violent acts that follow will set Clarie Martin, a high school teacher and mother of a toddler, and her husband, magistrate Bernard Martin, on a dangerous quest to rescue one of them from a vicious murderer.
Barbara Corrado Pope is a historian and the founding director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She is the author of the novels Cézanne’s Quarry and The Blood of Lorraine. Barbara lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband.