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The three-minute film sets the scene for the novel, flashing up: A killer on the loose.
The meeting of Calwyn and her friend Darrow in the Black Palace sets the scene for the third book in the series.
But that production gets derailed when Julia, the actress playing Mary Magdalene (DeLanna Studi) has to take a cell-phone call that sets the scene cycle in motion.
Passage of the financial-services reform law sets the scene for an industry makeover in 2000.