her ex-lover, Frank Bennett comes to San Francisco to seek her assistance,
Samantha Ranvali isn't sure that she will help him. He is employed
by the Pelici, a high priced investigative firm to locate one of
their employees who has gone missing while on vacation. Samantha
is a severe insomniac who has been taking experimental treatments
at a sleep disorder clinic. She doesn't know whether her treatment
will affect their possible endeavors. The clinic declares her treatment
a success but she has recurring nightmares.
body of a friend is discovered in circumstances which she viewed
in her dreams while a recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations"
is heard in the background. More ritualistic killings (bizarre and
violent) occur always with Bach's "Variations" being heard.
Samantha and Frank set out to track down the killer in these crimes
and find a connection between an age old curse and Samantha which
may lead to Samantha's death.
a flashback to the German court of Hermann Carl VonKeyserling, also
an insomniac, Johann Sebastian Bach writes what has become known
as the "Goldberg Variations" and becomes the basis for
the age old curse which is to haunt and threaten Samantha.
is a splendid blend of the past and the present which creates an
atmosphere of horror and suspense. The story is well plotted with
the charcters portrayed vividly as they are caught in their troubled
lives. The action is fast paced and exciting with a grim portrayal
of the weird and ritualistic killings.