The mysterious murder of a wealthy publisher perplexes Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) but their key link is Erica, an orphaned and elusive teenaged author whose Dickensian tragedies have spawned best-selling books and profitable charities -- but no one except for a few shady characters can say they've ever met "Erica." Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance star.
Murder compounds interest in shady accounting when a financial executive (guest star Cindy Katz) in a major land-holding company is framed for the slaying of her lover and then blackmailed to sign the quarterly corporate statement to cover up any hint that the company's stock was illegally used to generate profits. Meanwhile, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) wonder why the exec remains mum about the suspected phony accounting -- until they discover that the eyewitness who conveniently cleared her of the murder rap is related to a key bigwig at the company. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.