Tough, linguistically gifted Annie Cheng has just turned 40 and her life and career are going downhill fast. Her husband wants a divorce. Her latest partner wants a transfer, and her bosses at the FBI headquarters in Manhattan have grown weary of her. Despite solving cases in Brighton Beach (nexus of Russian mafiya), she’s been posted to Cleveland, Ohio, and given a low-level case—or so she thinks at first. Someone has been stealing priceless books and illustrations from rare book collections in public and university libraries all across the Midwest. With millions of dollars of the world’s cultural history being sold on the black market, it’s only a matter of time before the stakes are raised to a more violent enterprise.
Written through multiple points of view, Special Collections moves towards the confrontation between Annie and her thieves, but can she catch up to them before it’s too late?