Faced with evidence of stunning prosecutorial misconduct, a San Francisco judge has ordered a new trial for the Maxwell brothers' father, Lawrence, who was convicted of killing their mother 21 years before. A prison snitch soon turns up dead, with Lawrence the only suspect, and Leo teams up with hotshot attorney Nina Schuyler to defend Lawrence against murder charges both old and new. Leo is forced to confront the darkness at the center of his life as he follows a trail of corruption and danger that leads to the very steps of City Hall.
When a mysterious woman nearly runs Leo Maxwell down, then appears at his office and asks him to defend her brother on a murder charge, Leo thinks he’s found the case that will make his name. One problem: he hasn’t actually met the client. And after taking a series of photographs that seem to blow the lid on corruption in the police department, Leo quickly learns that all is not as it seems --- beginning with the alluring woman who hired him.
Leo Maxwell’s older brother Teddy, a successful yet reviled criminal defense attorney, has been shot and lies in a coma. Leo quickly realizes that the list of possible suspects is much larger than he could have imagined. The deeper he digs into Teddy’s life, the more questions arise. Somewhere, the person who shot his brother is still on the loose, and there are many who would happily kill Leo in order to keep it that way.