Alex Orlando is a foreigner in New York, a California foreigner, housesitting for her Uncle Carmi while he vacations in Puerto Rico. She quickly becomes entwined with her attractive Swedish neighbour, Christian, but something isn't quite right about him. (For instance: where does he get all that cash?) Her oldest friend Kyle seems to have turned into a stalker overnight, and a much-anticipated visit from Jan, her European boyfriend, quickly turns into a nightmare. Nothing is what it seems in this tale of murder and mistaken identity. Manhattan is a foreign landscape filled with suspects, and the irresistable Alex Orlando is your suitably offbeat narrator guide to all of its oddities, in Meg Castaldo's savvy and unpredictable debut.