America's leading mystery writers are being brutally murdered. Third-tier author Guy Davitt?a would-be Dashiell Hammett?stumbles upon the killer?s bizarre M.O. (the deaths are lifted from mystery novels). But Davitt cannot convince deeply skeptical police a ?Sleuth Slayer? actually exists.
Through a dark labyrinth of film studio power brokers, publishing industry politics, a decadent family's wealthy influence, police immorality?as well as the dawning realization that he himself is on the killer's list?Davitt pursues the truth.