|| In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown apartment. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Meanwhile, homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl, savagely beaten—and deposited in front of the elementary school Cross's son attends.Could there be a connection between the two murders? As Cross tries to put the pieces together, the killer—or killers—strike again. And again. No one in Washington is safe—not children, not politicians, not even the President of the United States. Only Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case—but will he discover the truth in time?