J. B. Cantrell was a smooth talking flim-flam man who was married to a wonderful woman and living in paradise. His motto was that if you can't make it by being yourself, then be someone else. He bluffed his way into marriage, but couldn’t maneuver his way out. Ultimately, his search for meaning came at the expense of his beautiful wife.

     Sylvia was one of the unfortunate few whose journey into the twilight of life was cut short. One of those who, along the way, the Grim Reaper taps on the shoulder. Seemingly at random, like a lightning strike.

     Detective Sergeant Vincent Lasorda would attest that it's not uncommon for people, like Cantrell, to assume the reaper’s role. They take it upon themselves to make decisions otherwise ascribed to the divine. It’s then up to the rest to sort out right and wrong, the unlucky from the cheated, the hand of God from the hand of man.

     Survivors trudge on. The vast majority completes the journey, but very few complete it unscathed.

     Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.” In other words, if one understands the meaning of one's existence, one would be able to cope with whatever it takes to continue that existence, no matter how impossible it would seem.

     That became the question for Detective Lasorda, Dr. Tiffany Case and others. They were travelers, journeying through difficult and complex lives, each carrying their own millstone, each forced to come to terms with their own emptiness, challenged to understand their own why. Could they pull themselves out from under the weight of sorrow, or loneliness, or remorse and carry on? Could tragedy be turned to affirmation?

     Cantrell finally found his answers. He cast aside conventional notions and indulged an alternate lifestyle. However, the cost of his epiphany was horrific.

     It became the responsibility of Detective Lasorda to overcome his own self-pity, sort through the tragedy left in Cantrell’s wake, and bring him to justice. Was he capable?

     In a battle of wits, Cantrell occupied the higher ground.















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