Haunted Ties is a novel about a man who creates neckties that constrict on their own. They choke the wearer to death. Set in Memphis during the 1970s, the novel chapters are portraits of the victims from all levels of society. Pursuing the serial killer is a reporter for the daily newspaper. By writing stories about the suspect, a German immigrant, he learns more and more about the chemist. His own romantic life and frustrations with his work are part of the story. At the end is a violent showdown.