"Easter morning: two women, inmates at Vermont's new reform prison for women, Montrose Detention Centre, are found dead, isolated in separate cells and lying in the identical position. Cause of death seems undeterminable in both cases. Rey Pirelli, a rookie detective and a Caucasian who speaks Mandarin, has 14 days to solve the mystery. What do the two dead women have in common? May Ho is a divorced university film professor, a hip urban intellectual from a Chinese-American background. Elizabeth Rich is an unemployed trailer-park single mother of Irish stock. But two things unite them: The first is murder, the second is their China connection."--Publisher.