Stark tries to get back on his feet after losing his first case as a prosecutor by going after a prep school art teacher who may have been having inappropriate relations with the son of a murder victim.
The DA's office investigates a police shooting involving a drug dealer. The case could potentially set off a racial powder keg, and Stark suspects a cover-up when the police officers involved keep changing their stories.
Stark has to prosecute the owner of a women's shelter accused of killing an unscrupulous, despicable porn producer. Based on the evidence, Stark works on the theory that the two men may have been in business together.
Stark goes up against an old protégée when he prosecutes two mob-types for the murder of a university professor, and she seems to have the inside scoop when it comes to the goings-on in the DA's office.
A member of a rock band is killed, and the suspects in Stark's investigation include the band's popular lead singer, the singer's brother who is also member of the band, and the singer's friend and manager.