US Congressman Wendell Joyner gets a fatal heart attack at a party arranged by lobbyist Harry Parmel. The governor of Maine requests Jessica to fill the seat for a few weeks till the party can officially select a new Congressman. She keeps on Joyner's staff for her short tenure, notably helpful driver-press agent Joe Blinn and administrative assistant Diana Simms. Detective Lieutenant Avery Mendelsohn tails Jessica and explains he suspects Joyner to be murdered after finding out his corpse was moved. She decides to help him sleuthing on and around Capitol Hill and uncovers dirty lobbying and blackmail. Suspiciously well-housed Marta Craig is found murdered and Dan Keppner's coat and wallet were in her apartment. When he is found the next morning with bloody knuckles and Marta's blood on him, he is arrested for her murder. Jessica believes he was framed clumsily and wonders if it all ties in to a legislature vote on a cannery in Maine.
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Congressman Dan Keppner
I figure I got an obligation to everybody who voted for me, right, Harry?
Absolutely, Dan. Absolutely. A log of these guys, they think a seat in Congress is like a free ride, a great big cookie jar they can just dip their mitts into...