The kitchen knife jammed into his cold heart pinned a cardboard sign to his well-toned chest. It read: santa says you've been bad!!! ho, ho, ho! it's christmas, but lieutenant eve dallas is in no mood to celebrate. While her charismatic husband roarke plans a huge, glittering party, eve has murder on her mind. The victim - personal trainer trey ziegler - was trouble in life and is causing even more problems in death. Vain, unfaithful and vindictive, trey had cultivated a lot of enemies. Which means eve has a lot of potential suspects. And when she and detective peabody uncover trey's sinister secret, the case takes a deadly turn. Christmas may be a festival of light, but eve and roarke will be forced once more down a very dark path in their hunt for the truth.