AN UNWINNABLE CASE. AN UNLUCKY CLIENTS. AN UNSTOPPABLE LAWYER.
The case seemed strange but not unwinnable: A hapless but likable two-time felon named Stefan Wyatt robbed a grave, stealing the long-buried bones of a Russian émigré. Nina Reilly, now living in Monterey County near her boyfriend, P.I. Paul van Wagoner, is worried about a third-strike verdict. An already difficult case turns nasty when a young woman's body is found in the grave and Stefan's DNA is found in her apartment. It looks like Stefan may be guilty of a far more heinous crime: murder.
As evidence against her client mounts, Nina consults a brilliant forensic pathologist and soon an extraordinary story emerges, harking back to tsarist Russia and the tragic Romanov court. And as her client edges closer to the unluckiest verdict of his young life, Nina makes an astounding discovery that could save him -- or just might expose a killer who will bury them all.