The story opens with Guy Forrest sitting naked and crying in the rain on the front steps of the rather plain house in suburban Philadelphia he shares with his fianc�, Hailey Prouix, a very attractive young woman. She is upstairs in their bedroom, very dead. Guy calls his friend and fellow lawyer, Victor Carl, for help. Ethics-challenged Victor goes through the crime scene and pockets a few pieces of evidence before calling the police.
Guy has given up his job at a prestigious law firm (six months short of partnership) and filed for divorce, giving up everything once meaningful in his life for Hailey. Now he feels his life is ruined with Hailey dead and his arrest for her murder. And he wants Victor to be his defense attorney.
As I said, Victor does not walk the straight and narrow. He and Hailey were lovers, too. And he will do everything possible to make sure Guy is sent away for the murder. Little does Victor know that someone knows these secrets of his.
Phil Skink, a mega-ugly and creepy guy (who was once an investigator for Guys former law firm) is the one who knows everyones secrets, but strangely enough he and Victor eventually become allies to prove Guy is innocent.
This was the first book Ive read by this author and it will be the last. He went into long drawn-out narrations trying to delve into Haileys life and her final plans. He had a somewhat awkward way of writing at times, and could have eliminated at least a hundred pages of the book very easily. I struggled to get through it. The slight twist at the end helped redeem the book a bit when you find out whose plan had the flaw.