Charles Benedict, magnetic criminal defense lawyer,
amateur illusionist, and professional hitman, and private investigator Dana
Cutler are on a collision course set in motion by Benedict’s greatest sleight
of hand yet: framing a millionaire for the murder of his much younger wife.
Ten years ago, Horace Blair fell in love with
Carrie, the prosecutor during his DUI trial. After a torrid courtship, he
persuaded her to marry him and to sign a prenuptial agreement guaranteeing her
twenty million dollars if she remained faithful during the first ten years of
their marriage. The week before their tenth anniversary, Carrie disappears, and
Horace is charged with her murder. Desperate to clear his name, the millionaire
hires one of DC’s most brilliant and ruthless defense attorneys, Charles
Meanwhile, private investigator Dana Cutler is in
the Pacific Northwest on the trail of a stolen relic, a gold scepter dating
back to the Ottoman Empire. Hitting a dead end, she returns to Virginia,
perplexed and disappointed, and straight into the twisting case of Horace and
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