A trauma doctor finds her own life on the critical list when her glamorous older sister is murdered.
Now that Lauren Rose is a resident at Phoenix Good Samaritan Hospital, she hopes she’ll finally find some time to spend with her older sister, Liz, who’s married to Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Jake Wakefield. That hope ends when Detective Wallace of the Scottsdale PD walks into the ER during Lauren’s shift and brusquely informs her that her sister is dead. Although the killing looks like the result of a botched burglary, handsome Wallace and his surly partner, Boyd, keep interviewing Lauren about her movements the night Liz died. She finally consults criminal lawyer Dennis Hopkins, who advises her to dummy up. The tabloids have a field day, while local TV news reports point out that Lauren was recently named Liz’s sole beneficiary. It seems as if Jake is her only friend. He invites Lauren to the Spirit of MADD award dinner in Liz’s honor and encourages her to keep him from rattling around alone in the palatial home he shared with Liz, where the two bond over Ben and Jerry’s and their shared love of baseball. But even Jake can’t keep the police off Lauren’s case, and she quickly finds out who has her back and who doesn’t.
Kirby delivers a debut that’s trickier than an R.A. Dickey knuckleball.