The man convicted of killing Ethel Reiser sits in Attica, where he will remain for life unless PI Marlowe Black insists on meddling and finds proof to free him.
The convict's sister, Peggy, convinces Black that the near perfect evidence collected by the police, DNA and all, were fabricated to frame her brother, Reggie Jones.
Ethel’s widower, Perry Reiser, insists that Black not take the case, and when Black refuses to comply, pulls a gun to enforce his demand.
Persian Gulf Vet Michael “Hacker” McKaybees interrupts Perry Reiser’s enraged confrontation with Marlowe Black. Abruptly, Reiser turns his silenced pistol on McKaybees. Before he can fire a single shot, Black, fires a .45 caliper bullet through Reiser’s chest.
Before the shooting, Black tells McKaybees that his decision to help free Jones is based on a gut feeling. McKaybees calls it an act of insanity.
However, Perry Reiser’s rash reaction forces McKaybees to reassess his opinion and he agrees to help his estranged father with an investigation that nearly costs him his life.
A father and son team working though a strained relationship adds humor and inner conflict to a plot with a few interesting twists of prostitution, online sex, failed love, and murder.