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Dave Novaro claims Jessica's book "The Uncaught" is a thinly disguised version of the murder of his wife Janet (whose mother died of grief six months later), except that he was acquitted in court -albeit merely for lack of evidence- five years ago, not 'his character' in 'her version', so he demands millions as compensation for damages to business, health and marriage. His wife Iris Novaro complains to him this makes him absent, while she tells her lover Rick Konig she couldn't bring herself to tell him about them at such a time of stress. To Jessica's surprise, NYPD Lt. Artie Gelber Artie confirms the murders really are surprisingly similar, even in some details, and there was enough publicity so she could have known. Dave's daughter Rachel Novaro, a lawyer, also wants the book redrawn, while her grandpa Norman Trent believes Dave did murder her mother. When Iris publicly accuses Jessica of ruining her marriage to Dave, who married her, his former secretary, Jessica's publisher Ted Hartley asks her to consider a settlement to avoid the costs of a high-profile trial. When Novaro's assistant Neil Fraser warns Dave his business is about to falter under the publicity costs, he reads the book and calls Jessica, suggesting he may redraw his lawsuit as it inspired him who really would have murdered his wife; shortly after he is clobbered to death with a walking cane. Rachel persists with the lawsuit; Jessica asks her about the last passage Dave read, according to his fingerprints, and notices she has a past copy of her mother's diamond necklace which Dave used to cover up pawning the real one. Iris tells Rick off 'because he was only after the money' when he sounds disappointed Rachel is the sole heir. Artie arrests Norman Trent who was seen by a bag lady at the shop where his fingerprints where abundant, even admits he wanted Dave dead for murdering his daughter; Jessica doesn't' buy it as it would alienate Rachel and investigates her own theory...
Just as Jessica finishes working on the paperback release of her latest novel, she is sued for $10 million for defamation of character. The complainant is New York store owner Dave Novaro who was found not guilty of having murdered his wife Janet. He claims that Jessica's novel is simply a rehash of that murder but one in which the main character - himself, in his mind - is found guilty. As far as Jessica is concerned it's all nonsense as the plot and characters are entirely fictional. Janet's father thinks Jessica is right and also blames Novaro for the death of his own wife who succumbed 6 months after their daughter's death. NYPD Lt. Artie Gelber is also convinced he's guilty but as Jessica learns more and more about the case, she's astounded by the similarities between the case and her book. When Dave Novaro is found dead at his business, a missing remote control gives Jessica the clue to solve both murders.
One of Jessica's best-selling mysteries makes her the target of a lawsuit by a man who was tried and acquitted for murder.
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