The brutal murder of celebrated heart surgeon Azor Sparks brings with it shock, public outrage, and a demand for answers. Immediately, Lieutenant Peter Decker and his crack team of homicide detectives begin working overtime to unravel the mystery. But the deeper they probe, the more murky the case grows. Sparks’s wife and six adult children stand to inherit a sizable fortune. Vicious backbiting among jealous colleagues raises questions about the dead surgeon’s pharmaceutical research. Outlaw bikers with their own agenda suddenly show up at Sparks’s funeral. And Decker’s investigation is further complicated by the resurrection of old secrets from his wife’s past.