To case officers working in the field, it sometimes seems headquarters has a distant view of what really happens in daily operations. The Playing Field is a commentary on those who observe the game rather than participate in it. To Ostrovsky, every game looks simple from the grandstands. The party here takes place in an exclusive private box high above Yankee Stadium in New York City. The two women in red and black dresses have arrived with secrets, but before the party ends, those secrets will undoubtedly be exchanged for others.