Have you ever wanted something so badly you could kill for it? Identified only by the hastily—and clumsily—chosen alias Charles Brockden, the narrator of this story finds a bookstore that instantly piques his desire. He must call it his own; he must add it to his already extensive collection of bookstores. But surely the owner of such a fine shop wouldn't easily part from it. Brockden forms a plan to acquire the store in such a way that no one would ever suspect foul play... through untraceable murder. And he knows he will be successful, because he has done it before.