"A stifling heat wave rolls into New York City, amplifying the already critical level of tension in the fragile concrete ecosystem. The air tastes of electricity-the negative charge of bad things to come-but everyone hopes it's just the temperature. Then, on the morning homicide detective Alexandra "Hemi" Hemingway finds out she is pregnant, a twisted serial killer makes his debut. And the heat goes up. Not for the faint of heart-American Woman is a relentless ride that takes you through the fractured world of a nascent killer. And you will never feel safe again. "