Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is nevernbsp;nbsp;good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad newsnbsp;nbsp;arrives in the form of her wacky, unwelcome aunt Elena.nbsp;nbsp;The fire that has just burned down a sleazynbsp;nbsp;SRO hotel has brought Elena tonbsp;nbsp;V.I.'s doorstep. Uncovering an arsonistnbsp;nbsp;-- and the secrets hidden behind Elena's boozynbsp;nbsp;smile -- will send V.I. into thenbsp;nbsp;seedy world of Chicago's homeless... into the Windynbsp;nbsp;City's backroom deals and bedroom politics, wherenbsp;nbsp;new schemers and old cronies team up to get V.I.nbsp;nbsp;off the case -- by hook, by crook, or bynbsp;nbsp;homocide.