"The Brass Portraits": An art school chum arranges for Usher to sculpt portraits of six retired Army colonels. The friend is brutally murdered along with two colonels. Usher and Anasette have their work cut out for them helping a widow, six orphans and the four remaining clients with a serial killer on the loose.
"The Zinc Ormolu": When Usher begins to replace a broken piece of zinc ormolu on an antique desk, he finds a mummified body inside. The discovery exposes massive injustices in a lumber empire. These revelations unlease brutal efforts to suppress inquiry and obscure the truth. Usher and Anasette stand between the powerful and the powerless.