Laid-back P.I. Jake Samson’s never been a big fan of politics: fun and profitable if you understand the game, futile and frustrating if you don’t. But his longtime friend and (unlicensed) sidekick Rosie Vicente invites him to a posh California fundraiser for the energetic gubernatorial candidate of the liberal underdog Vivo party. Hearing that Joe Richmond’s charisma rivals JFK’s, Jake can’t resist. And what’s worse, Jake’s actually impressed by Richmond’s rhetoric and charm. It’s all fun and political games until Pam Sutherland, Richmond’s aide, finds her boss in her backyard, hanging naked from an acacia tree.
She has a frog and a cat, and neither one is what it seems! Sure, I understand, we all have bills to pay. Personally, I could use a bit of extra cash too. But I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t kill for it. At least…not without dark magic influence. And that’s exactly the problem. Dark. Magic. Influence. My first challenge for the day is finding that artifact and putting it under lock and key before it kills anybody else.