Detective William Dempsey of the New York Police Department is having
a bad time of it. Having endured -- along with his brothers in blue,
Manny Pinero and Evan Haley -- a months-long homicide trial for the
inadvertant (or was it?) shooting of Haitian immigrant, Israel Lara,
he's been abandoned by his fiancee, deemed unfit for duty, and is
sinking into an oblivion of vodka and pills. Then there's that little
problem with his eye.
A floater, his optometrist says. Nothing to worry about. Microscopic
bits of protein adrift in the humor that cast shadows on the retina.
But Dempsey's worried. For one thing, instead of dispersing, the
floater continues to grow, occluding his vision and causing disturbing
hallucinations. For another, his partner, Pinero, is behaving strangely
and there's the suggestion that the floater may not be a harmless
opthamological incident but an emblem that signals a peculiar form
of vengeance and the imminence of a voodoo god. As he tries to determine
what is happening, Dempsey's investigation leads him from rave culture
to santeria ceremonies in storefront temples and, ultimately, to
a circumstance that may have cosmic implications and a truth that
lies hidden in the deepest sub-basements of his own mind."