Sunny McCoskey is living your basic Northern California daydream. She runs her own little café in Napa Valley, where she cooks fresh pasta and drinks espresso with a splash of red wine or hangs out with her friends, who also lead halcyon lives of wine-making, importing, whatever. Sunny's best friend, Wade Skord, the owner of a small, though of course excellent, winery, rends the fabric of this Shangri-La when he's arrested for the murder of Jack Beroni, crown prince of Beroni Vineyards, a large commercial operation adjoining Wade's more elitist grounds. The cops think Wade is the perp who shot tuxedo-wearing Jack in the dark at the Beroni gazebo because, along with violently disagreeing with Beroni, he also plays Assault Golf, a nocturnal game involving a rifle, a nightscope, and fluorescent golf balls. Naturally, Sunny begins her own investigation, which uncovers a host of reasons for someone to shoot arrogant Jack. For generations, the Beroni family has relied heavily on the blue-collar Campaglia family. Unlike their elderly father, Gabe and Alex Campaglia resent la famiglia Beroni—particularly Jack, who supported spraying pesticide county-wide to control the glassy-winged sharpshooter, an insect that threatens the Valley with a disease deadly to grape vines, over the objections of the Campaglias and other residents and organic farmers like Ben and Claire Baker, Sunny's restaurant suppliers.
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