Once the prosecutor was a young law student. Once the dead man was an honest lawyer. Now Stella Marz stares at the body of her former lover, hanging from a doorway in a gruesome tableau.
For Stella Marz, the search for Jack Novak's killer leads into another bizarre homicide case, back through her own past and through the city where she was born and where now--a good Catholic girl turned career woman--she is in crisis. Somewhere in this city a hidden alliance of big money, big plans, and dark secrets is fueling a great American revival. And somehow Stella Marz will bring the darkness into the light--no matter what it reveals, no matter who it destroys. . . .
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful: Politics and Murder Hand and Hand Together, October 9, 2003 Reviewer: Vesta Irene from the Pacific Northwest In Steelton on the shores of Lake Erie controversy swirls around a $275 million taxpayer-funded baseball stadium dubbed Steelton 2000. The project is the brainchild of Mayor Tom Krajek, who's fighting for his political life in a hotly contested Democratic primary. Supporters believe Steelton 2000 is the city's last hope for urban renewal and employment. Opponents believe the stadium is a huge misappropriation of tax dollars. Running against Krajek is Erie County prosecutor Arthur Bright. And in the middle is Bright's protege, assistant prosecutor Stella Marz, whose relentless prosecution style has earned her the nickname the "Dark Lady" from defense lawyers. Now she plans to run for Erie County prosecutor if her boss is elected mayor. But a series of unexpected murders disrupt everyone's political goals and as Stella investigates, it becomes impossible to tell who she can trust.