When wealthy stockbroker Quentin Kirkland is found murdered with a bale hook through his chest, Rita's investigation uncovers a disagreement with his teenaged daughter Megan over her Cuban boyfriend, Ricky Vargas.
The murder of a much despised tabloid newspaper publisher provides Chns and Rita with a wide array of suspects, but the case takes a surprising turn when the publisher's former mistress unexpectedly confesses to the crime.
A high school girlfriend of Chris' becomes a suspect in the murder of an aging actress. Although he is convinced that his former girlfriend is innocent, he has difficulty dealing with the startling facts about the relationship between the two women.
A police commander's sordid life forces him to murder one of his wife's "dates" in full view of Chns and Rita. He then manipulates an obnoxious D.A. and destroys certain evidence that could lead to the dismissal of Chris and Rita from the force.
Rita and Chris attempt to prove the innocence of a close ffiend of Rita's who has been made to seem insanely jealous by her psychatrist husband and is then accused of murdering her family's beautiful nanny with whom the husband had been having a clandestine affair.