It seems that someone in the city of Indiannapolis is seeking revenge on the social services profession. The first indication is when Adele Buffington, head of one of the Hendricks Agencies, is assaulted in her office and witnesses her assailant rifle and copy some of her files. The second is when a man bearing the same name as an ex-Hendricks employee is found murdered with a notice saying 'Hands off ****** social workers' pinned to his jacket. In between helping the police (in particular the quirky Sergeant Proffitt), to identify which files had been copied, coping with a fractious love-sick daughter and an overworked staff, Adele Buffington has the usual workload of abused children and official paperwoprk to deal with. There is also the very strange case of why Donna East has gled from her home with two children after being promised a fortune by a mysterious visitor. Where has she gone to? As her investigation progresses, Adele has to add another question, where did Donna come from?
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Indianapolis social worker Adele Buffington's caseload is unusually heavy: Solve a murder, find a missing mother and her young daughters, stay alive. Adele Buffington is working late when she's startled by an intruder. The next day a man is found murdered. The note pinned to his jacket reads, "Hands off, social workers!" Then, a woman and her two young daughters go missing. When Adele decides to launch her own investigation, with the help - or hindrance - of PI Albert Samson and Lt. Leroy Powder, she quickly finds herself out of her depth, haunted by echoes of her own past and by a killer who could obliterate her future.… (more)