Boston, Museum of Science. A benefit evening including a cocktail party Dr Maura Isles has to attend, because she's in the museum's committee.
Bored at first and very annoyed by her pair of 2-hour-stilettos, the evening seems to meliorate when a nice looking man in tuxedo who presents himself as Eli Kilgour starts to take care of her. He also happens to be a big-time donor for the museum. They get into some kind of small talk, he's providing glasses of champagne for her and soon they decide to leave the 'party' for some dessert in a French Cafè and then - total black-out.
Maura wakes up the next day on her couch with some big hangover and a total memory void. She's absolutely unable to recall what happened the night before. She only remembers of having a glass with Kilgour, then leaving with him. She is fully dressed in her evening gown, not feeling anything bad like being raped had took place ...But what exactly happened between her leaving the party and waking up this morning?
Shortly after that Jane Rizzoli shows up at Maura's flat just to inform her that the body of a 'John Doe' has been found in a park, stabbed to dead, and with her bussiness card in his pocket.
When Maura is shown a picture of the victim she recognises Eli Kilgour.
She has not the faintest idea what could have happened. And that can only mean one thing: She was drugged!
The case becomes more complicated when the police comes to know that the man was an impostor and Maura's story seems to be very similar to some other cruel crimes against women in the past.
Piece by piece they put the puzzle together and the solution will resolve not only the mystery about the murder of John Doe - but there will be more than one big surprise for Maura and Jane.
This short story was a very satisfying read, and surely makes more appetite for the new thriller featuring our heroines which is called Last to Die
I have read this big time crime yet, but that is an entirely different story ...