Joan Parker is the last woman private eye Dick
Moonlight would ever expect to see in his Albany office. From the right side of
the tracks, neighboring Bethlehem, she bears her upper class upbringing as effortlessly
as a string of pearls. She also bears a scar running down her head and face, a
brutal reminder of the ax attack that took the life of her husband. Her
twenty-one-year-old son, Christopher, now sits in jail charged with the crime.
According to the official report, based on
Joan’s answers to police when they arrived at the house and found her barely
alive, she identified Christopher as the culprit. But sitting in Moonlight’s
office, she reveals she has no recollection of the event, yet is certain of one
thing: Christopher didn’t do it.
Moonlight knows a thing or two about being
nearly dead. And he also knows the tragedy of the police jumping to the wrong
conclusions, a past case of a falsely accused client still haunts him, so he
agrees to take the job and get to the truth of what happened that day. At first
the trail of clues, from the crime scene to Joan’s original accusation, keeps
the finger pointed at Christopher. But soon Moonlight turns up something he
never expected, something more sinister than anything he’s ever come up
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