Santa Fe Police Chief Kevin Kerney travels to a California ranch looking to buysome prime quarter horse breeding stock. Instead, he finds himself the primesuspect in a possible homicide when a guest at the ranch, Clifford Spalding, isfound dead. Confronted by a determined cop unwilling to let him off the hook,Kerney decides to conduct his own investigation. As he digs into the victim'sbackground, he learns that Spalding's ex-wife refuses to believe that her son, asoldier killed in Vietnam some thirty years ago, is dead. Kerney digs deeper and soon finds himself sharing the woman's doubts: DidSpalding's current wife, a much younger woman, orchestrate his murder with thehelp of a lover? Did a California cop collude with Spalding to keep his ex-wifefrom learning the truth about her son? Slow Killraces from West Coast to East Coast as Kerney attempts to findthe answers to a thirty-year-old mystery and extricate himself from a situationthat could ruin his career.