After receiving misleading phone calls, and discovering a severed brake line, A.D.A. Peter Bonham appears to be the target of a contract hit. When Bonham kills the hit-man, Gary Burke, in his wine-cellar, Goran and Eames set out to discover who hired him. All of the evidence uncovered by the Detectives seem to point directly at Bonham's own wife, a successful trial attorney. It doesn't take long after arresting her, however, for Goren to suspect that she is being framed, and why. The challenge facing the Detectives is proving it, while not tipping their hand to the ...
The murder of a wealthy man's two children and their friend has Goren and Eames looking at his ex-wife, but a closer look at the evidence reveals a different connection and sisters with an unusual attachment.
After the tyrannical owner of a Manhattan luxury hotel is found submerged in her bathtub, evidence seems increasingly to indicate that the woman's death was the work of her deeply frustrated, long-suffering daughter.
A psychiatrist is stabbed to death one night in a park adjoining Gracie Mansion, and the killer seems to be a hostile schizophrenic from a nearby homeless shelter; but there proves to be far more to the case than meets the naked eye.
Soon after a notorious "Yuppie Killer" leaves prison, his mother is found dead. As Goren and Eames investigate, however, they find disturbing hints tying her murder to yet another infamous, but closed, case: the "Reservoir Runner Rape."
Esteemed former Senator Randolph Kittridge succumbs to cancer while his son and daughter wrangle over a codicil to his will providing that his body be cryogenically frozen after his death. But when not only the ailing Senator but also his daughter die, Eames and Goren start looking at murder suspects and their motives.
After a father and son are found with their throats cut, detectives Goren and Eames find everyone in the victims' supposedly "low-crime" neighborhood strangely reluctant to cooperate with the murder investigation.
Goren and Eames try to unravel a deadly mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire and bequeaths some of her estate to a young woman who is subsequently murdered. Soon their investigation turns to a shady state public administrator who has re-invented the concept of "grave-robbing." Goren discovers the suspect's weakness for expensive collector cars, but to make the case succeed in court, he might also need to exploit his quarry's personal relationships.
Part 1 of 2: The murder of a crooked cop puts Detectives Goren and Eames on the trail of an obsessively clean doctor whose previous girlfriends all seem to be afflicted with a "zoonotic" disease -- or a virus found only in animals. Their probe also points to a preening veterinarian as well as a looming psychological component that is crucial to putting a bulletproof case together.