Victor Carl is a lawyer who leads a pretty normal and modest life. After all, being a lawyer does not always mean that you have lots of money. He does not realize, however, what is about to happen to him.
His ex-fiancee, Julia, calls and wants him to meet her for coffee. She shows him letters that she has received through the mail and accuses him of writing and sending them. He reads the letters and denies writing them. They also talk about what happened in their relationship and her marriage. Victor is still a little bitter about how their relationship dissolved, and he is still “in love” - or at least lust - with his ex. They go back to his apartment and begin to rekindle their romance, but they are interrupted by a knock on the door.
Victor opens it to two detectives. Curious, he lets the two men in. After a few snappy exchanges, they tell him that they are looking for Julia Denniston. He tells them that he doesn't know where she is and that they should be on their way.
The two detectives are certain that Julia is inside, and they wait for her to leave Victor's apartment. Victor tells Julia that her husband has been killed and that they are looking for her. Together they go outside to meet the detectives, who tell Mrs. Denniston that her husband, Wren, has been murdered - and that one point seven million dollars is missing.
Victor is accused of the crime. To defend himself, he must find out who really committed the crime, and whether Julia had anything to do with it. Victor grapples with this question a lot in the book. He doesn't want Julia to have had any involvement with her husband's death; he really wants a second chance with her. Victor is a very likable main character, and the reader will sympathize as he investigates and learns truths he may not wish to.
If author William Lashner wants his readers to feel that Julia is not who she claims to be and is not being truthful, then he does a marvelous job. There is an uneasiness with this character that lashner brings out with great intensity.
This intriguing, exciting thriller features many twists and turns that most readers will not see coming, and the ending comes with a satisfying, surprising twist.