In this second Reightman & Bailey thriller, Detective Melba Reightman is distraught over the murder of her friend and partner, Sam Jackson. The Guzman murder case has been closed, but she knows the real killer is still out there somewhere. Toby's discovery of a set of incriminating photos proved there were more people involved in Geri Guzman's death than just Dr. Lieberman, but getting anyone to listen is more of a challenge than she'd ever imagined. SHe's going to need help convincing the power's that be that the case needs to be reopened, but she'll find a way to do it. It's the only choice she has if she wants to discover who's behind it all.
Toby's still struggling with Geri's death and the shock at having been the target of a hitman. Detective JAckson took the bullet meant for him and saved his life and he doesn't understand how things could have gone so very wrong. No one should have know about the evidence, but it's the only explanation that makes any sense. He has a hunch things are going to get worse, so he'll just have to pull up his pants and do whatever needs to be done to help Detective Rieghtman figure things out.
And as for John Brown? He's just worried he won't get paid after botching the hit on Toby and can't help wondering what will happen next. It wasn't really his fault. Mistakes were bound to happen when things got complicated, but who knew this would be such a hard job?
Things are heating up in this southern city.