It looks as if p.i. Dave Garrett has taken on a routine job for suburban Pennsylvania attorney Charles Preston's Worker's Comp client Pat Winter: tail ailing Pat's estranged wife Maria to see whether her walking out on him involves stepping out with somebody else. And it isn't long before Dave (Cruel April, 1995, etc.) and his transsexual assistant Lisa Wilson link Maria to car salesman Tom Evans. But while he's being oh-so-careful to keep Maria from making her tail, he drops back far enough to let her die in a suspicious auto blaze. Accident or murder? Preston wants to know, so Dave circles Maria's pitifully few friends, asking the same old questions, like a buzzard sniffing, and eventually finding, rotten meat. Muddled detective work, but the powerful climax makes you realize how deeply Albert's burrowed into his sorry cast.