Richard Kurtz has a reputation as a tough guy, a reputation that he considers absurd, despite the 300 pound biker on a drug induced rampage who Kurtz recently knocked out in the ER. Kurtz is a surgeon, a good surgeon, if he does say so himself (which he does, despite the old joke about how if you ask a surgeon to name the three best surgeons in the world, he’ll have trouble thinking of the other two). He has a luxury apartment on the East side, a good-looking girlfriend and a busy practice.
When an old friend from high school shows up in P.I. Burnside’s office for help, neither have any idea that this case will spiral into fraud, kidnapping and murder. But as Burnside begins looking into his friend’s beautiful celebrity daughter, he uncovers more and more people who have a dispute with her – and a reason to inflict harm.