A dead junkie's girlfriend is the stepdaughter of a powerful politician from an influential New York family, and Goren and Eames discover that they were blackmailing him over a disturbing family secret.
Wheeler and her new partner, detective Zach Nichols investigate the death of an aspiring musician. During the investigation, one of the victim's loft-mates is thrown to his death from an elevator shaft.
The CFO of a fraudulent Wall Street securities firm is killed before he can go to the Feds and make a deal. But before Nichols and Wheeler can get to the CEO, he enters a treatment facility, and is under the care of a controlling psychiatrist.
After a doctor is murdered in his home while his wife lies bound and helpless upstairs in their bedroom, it is revealed that the couple's reverend may know more about the crime than he is telling the detectives.
A man involved in an armored car bank heist is killed six months later in a deliberate explosion. During the investigation, Nichols and Wheeler discover that one of his partners also faked his own death.
The assistant/girlfriend to a struggling publisher of a poetry magazine is killed, and the investigation focuses on the magazine's wealthy donors. However, the stakes are raised when the publisher is also found stabbed to death.
A down-on-his-luck former poker champ, forced to now work as a bookie's collector, shoots and kills a man who owes money, but the gun was supposed to be filled with blanks. Who is responsible for the incident, and why?
Detective Nichols correctly surmises that the esteemed head of the crime lab killed a teenage drug dealer and is planting evidence to frame another man, but has a hard time convincing captain Ross to go along with him.