Nameless mixed-race narrator is befriended by and then stalked by another mixed-race woman who sees this as an essential kinship.
"She opened the door, but paused, and turned to smile at me through a web of rain. 'You know, you're never really alone. Not really.'
"I looked down and kicked the pavement. I hadn't known I was that obvious."
New York as winter incarnate; a place of exile. Undercover sister. Race as obsession and trap. Racial identity placed at the center of noir thriller conventions. Class issues.