Judge Calvin Jeffries is the first victim. Brilliant, power hungry, and hated, he's found murdered in a courthouse parking lot. In swift order, his killer is caught, confesses, and then commits suicide in his jail cell. The case is closed. Then a second judge is killed under identical circumstances. There's an obvious suspect and this case, too, seems solved. But defense attorney Joseph Antonelli can't believe the murders aren't somehow linked. And in his quest for justice he will discover a truth so chilling that it challenges everything he knows about crime and punishment - and himself.