A struggling TV news operation in Philadelphia finds itself with a freelance photographer who is selling video of crimes he's committing and a news director who just did jail time for manslaughter, killing his former boss who also just happened to be a news director. The young staff at Channel 7 is concerned, even scared about their new boss. But Bud Remmick insists everything's different now and has his old friend Karen Sikorsky on his side. Two years out of prison, Bud has repaired his damaged marriage to Maggie and spent time serving his rural Pennsylvania community as a volunteer EMT until Karen scooped him up and got the general manager at Channel 7 to hire him.
It doesn't take long for Bud to catch on to the scam of the freelancer, Bill Klemmer, whose loyalty to his father blinds blurs the lines between good and evil. When his father instructs him to kill a man, then video the crime scene, the police track him down and pursue him to a Jersey shore motel and a violent encounter.
Meanwhile, no less than the politically corrupt Governor of Pennsylvania wants to know why Maggie Remmick, the wife of a convicted felon, is hired as a government official. Maggie’s job performance is top notch but has no bearing on the Governor's pool of patronage flunkies. Bud's old "anger aura" starts to well up as forces out of their control influence both of their lives. The good and bad that struggle for dominance over Bud collide in a conflagration of life and death events that play-out on live television, shining an uninvited light on the Remmicks. In the end, Bud's search for redemption brings him back to basics, but will it be enough to keep him from going back to jail, this time for good?
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1-Night & Day
Introduction to the main bad guy, Bill Klemmer, and good guy, Bud Remmick
Chapter 2-Community Service
Released from prison, our hero becomes a volunteer EMT in lieu of a paying job
Chapter 3-Dark Passengers
The demons that haunt both men
Chapter 4-Position Available
A job opportunity in his former career presents itself to our unemployed ex-con
Chapter 5-Temporary Insanity
The easy explanation for why Bud went to jail, thanks to a fellow mental health sufferer
Chapter 6-The Heat Gets Hotter
Bad guy Klemmer finds the law is looking for him
Chapter 7-New Beginnings
From jail to the real world, starting over can be a bitch
Chapter 8-Our New Boss
Our hero's checkered past becomes Topic One for his new employees
Chapter 9-Dead or Alive?
Bud discoveres troubling contradictions in his work place, especially about his ace freelancer Bill Klemmer
Chapter 10-The Will to Act
The next door neighbor, a state trooper, gets troubling orders to spy on the Remmicks, part of a political plot he has, up until now, been unaware of
Chapter 11-Controlling Interests
Politics intrudes into an already complicated set of lives
Chapter 12-Politics as Unusual
Our hero and his long-suffering wife find political allies and enemies. Maggie Remmick learns her job is in jeopardy because of rampant political patronage
Chapter 13-Sources Say
Youthful newsroom staffer makes surprising progress in breaking the story
Chapter 14-TGIF, Maybe
The end of Week One at the new job brings new questions about old issues
Chapter 15-Reality TV
Shocking news about how their freelancer is getting his news footage brings hard reality to our hero's work life
Chapter 16-Bugging Out
Main bad guy runs away from the law, tries to hide out
Chapter 17-Going Both Ways
Unexpected human dynamics surprise our hero's wife, whose work-mentor demonstrates her support
The noose closes on the main villain as protagonists discover more and more about him
Chapter 19-That's My Boy!
A father-son relationship right out of the Psycopath's Handbook
Chapter 20-Turning Points
All the good guys must deal with new realities as their plots unfold and disturbing truths prompt them to rethink their lives
The disturbing story of Bill Klemmer and his father becomes big news across Philadelphia as the station tries to cope with its unsuspecting roll in promoting Klemmer's ill-gotten video
All parties adjust to new realities
Chapter 23-Monday, Monday, Can't Trust That Day
A hell of a way to start a new week, Bud decides to take action to fight the Governor's apparent campaign to fire his wife. He brings his anger to the Governor with shockingly unpredicted results.
Chapter 24-Coping Mechanisms
Following the maelstrom of shocking, life-and-death events, the Remmicks find ways to cope with their new lives after the loose ends are tied. Maggie issues a stern warning to Bud.
A mea culpa to Bud's parents, who disowned him when he killed his former boss.