Detective Masuto reopens an investigation into a murderous film star - with deadly consequences…
On the day that Eve Mackenzie murders her husband, Masao Masuto is on a plane to Japan. For years he and his wife, both American-born Japanese, have dreamed of visiting their homeland, and though the trip is a delight, the Zen Buddhist detective cannot help but check the international papers for news of murder on his home turf of Beverly Hills. Part of him regrets missing the sensational Mackenzie killing. Once a high-profile film star, Eve faded from the public eye after marrying a wealthy Scotsman - an unhappy marriage that ended in bloodshed. When Masuto returns home, Eve is headed toward an inevitable conviction. Why, then, does he reopen the case?
The evidence against the Hollywood starlet is so airtight that Masuto suspects a frame-up. As he pries into the closed case, more blood spills. Eve Mackenzie may not have murdered her husband, but she is far from innocent.
Detective Masao Masuto returns from a family holiday in Japan to find himself embroiled in a scandalous murder involving a millionaire and his glamorous ex-film star wife. Although the evidence against her is flimsy, powerful forces in Washington are pressuring the police to charge Eve Mackenzie with murdering her prominent husband. Masuto reopens the case and becomes the target of whoever is trying to hush up the crime. Narrator Brian Nishii builds up the thrills with intensity rather than speed, and he steadily piles up the paranoia. Who is the mastermind? The CIA? The firm for which the victim worked? Listeners will want to see how the brilliant detective will solve this baffling case.