When his old friend Blake Peters calls in some overdue favors. Garrett feels like he's committed himself to a corps of corpses. Someone is trying to kill Blake's wealthy, retired General Stantnor, in a most lingering, painful, and maybe poisonous way. Can Garrett keep the general above ground? But Stantnor's mansion holds a host of surprises for a human detective who thought he'd seen it all. For while the general is dying slowly, his employees are losing their lives at a far speedier rate. And when some of the not-long-departed try to enlist their comrades in the growing legions of the dead, Garrett knows it's time to call in his own troops-in the person of Morley Dotes, the toughest half-elf around. With Morley guarding his back, Garrett's got to handle-or gets his hands on-both the killer and the mansion's two elusive beauties, who seem invisible to everyone but Garrett!