It is the middle of the night when pathologist Toni Day receives a call
from the coroner informing her that the notoriously sleazy local attorney,
Jay Braithwaite Burke, has just been found dead in his Mercedes in
the middle of a snowy interstate. Unfortunately, everyone at Perrine
Memorial Hospital where Toni works knows Burke. Over the years,
he managed to talk nearly the entire medical staff into investing into
his hedge fund. After it was revealed they had all foolishly invested
in a Ponzi scheme, the feds moved in and he disappeared. Now, two
months later, Toni is about to perform his autopsy.
It is no secret around town that many might have wished the attorney
dead, including Toni and her husband, Hal. As she delves into Burke’s
autopsy, Toni already knows they have few clues to go on; when she learns
the man bled to death, she suspects it was a homicide. To complicate
matters further, Burke’s partner also dies in suspicious circumstances, and
Burke’s widow and children are left homeless by a series of house fires.
With a brutal schedule and doubts about her husband’s faithfulness,
Toni’s life is already complex enough.
But when a mysterious illness casts a bloody pall over the holiday season,
Toni must rely on her pathological expertise to unmask a killer and
rescue herself and everyone she loves from a bloody death.