Music industry powerhouse Lainie Davis Gardner's past comes back to haunt her in this gripping tale by Robert S. Levinson. First, Assistant D.A. Harry Roman promises he'll prove Lainie arranged the murder of her husband, Roy. Next, Lainie's former lover Thom Newberry offers her a permanent solution to her problem with Roman, but at a price. If Lainie steals a secret file held by brutish moneyman Leonard Volkman, Newberry will keep her from losing custody of her troubled teenage daughter, Sara. Lainie reluctantly accepts help from Rod Flynn, a gregarious Irishman operating Volkman's bogus film production company. Events escalate to include fading movie star Lance Clifford; Chips Crandall, Lainie's nemesis behind bars; and Newberry's teenage son Jerry, whose relationship with Sara brings death and tragedy.
Lainie Davis Gardner is the desperate woman at the center of this impenetrable tangle of plots and seriously flawed characters from Levinson (Finders Keeper, Losers Weepers). Once a top-flight L.A. record producer, Lainie was indicted for unlawful business activities as a co-conspirator with her husband, Roy who was then killed in front of their 15-year-old daughter, Sara, leaving the girl a mess. Now A.D.A. Harry Roman is after Lainie with new info, prodded by power broker Thom Newberry. Newberry puts pressure on her to get something from Leonard Volkman, a dangerous business associate who was responsible for Roy's indictment. Lainie jumps through lots of hoops, starting a record company with Volkman's help, as she tries to protect Sara and stay one step ahead of all the men trying to use her for their own ends. The surfeit of twists will leave readers scratching their heads.