Unlike most of her university colleagues, Professor Elise Mayhew is universally liked by students and staff alike. So when she’s discovered shot dead in her home, Jack Stryker’s instincts suspect a domestic homicide, until he finds out that her husband is away on business.
Meanwhile student Ricky Sanchez is found dead too. It looks like a mugging gone wrong, except that days before, Ricky, in distress, had called the police station . . .
Meanwhile, back at the university, someone is harassing Jack’s partner Kate and threatening to go to the Dean with lurid allegations about her behaviour. Kate doesn’t want to tell Jack, but as she conducts her unofficial investigations, and Jack continues his official ones, their two searches start to dovetail . . .