Is love a mental disorder? Many an insane act has been committed under its influence and dominance. For some, the ‘joygasm’ that comes from risking all for love and sex is worth the risk, even when death stalks like a thief in the night.
Jet-setting, multi-millionaire, author/screenwriter/professor, and globally renown homicide wiz John Roméo gets the call he's been expecting. The LAPD has got murders they can't solve. They don't want Roméo (he insists Ro-may-o), but they sure as hell need him. John Roméo has an eye for beauty and a nose for murder.
A serial killer with an elaborate m.o. and macabre sense of humor is loose in LA. But this killer, who defies the FBI profile, is unlike any the LAPD has ever encountered. The victims are prominent, super-wealthy, married men—including a famous mega-evangelist and a tech billionaire, involved in adulterous affairs. They and their lovers are being murdered by close range blasts from a .44 magnum.
Even jaded, veteran homicide cops are horrified by the brutality, intrigued by the killer's consistency, and baffled by the apparent amount of time spent by the killer at the post-crime scene. Why? The work of vengeful wives? Perhaps. Someone wants the cops to think so. A battered police department feuding with the FBI, slams into a brick wall.
Solution: Call John Roméo (he insists Ro-may-o). Roméo is a cocky, Harlem-born, 40 year-old retired L.A.P.D. homicide wiz. Some question his name, his style, and a self-confidence that borders on cockiness but no one questions his expertise. You either love or hate Roméo; there is no in-between. He has an eye for beauty and a nose for murder. He'll have one more chance to prove he has no equal.
However, the hunter becomes the hunted. Despite his choirboy facade, Roméo's no saint. His live-in, French-Somali, top fashion-model girlfriend, and his recently divorced wife, Claire, both love him deeply and dislike each other even more deeply.
Assaulted by the tabloids, he is faced with the allure of the beautiful psychologist, Dr. Diane Deauville, hired to assist him but who tries to seduce him. And now someone wants him dead, but not before trying to discredit him. In the end, neither John nor the city's power elite are prepared for what he uncovers: The killer is hiding in plain sight.