It sounds like some work and mostly play when United Life and Casualty sends its investigator Dan Mahoney to Florida. Five greyhounds - all heavily insured - were lost in a fire at the Daytona dog track. So simple. Five dogs dead by smoke inhalation, bagged, tagged,and cremated. Papers all in order. Ashes in specialty urns on the desk of Dixie Halifax, track and casino co-owner. In jail, a young employee charged with arson to cover a murder he's blamed for committing. Then the body of kennel owner Jackson Sanchez is found face down in a pool of blood, a knife stuck in his back. But Sanchez didn't die from a knife wound. Someone has carved "thief" on his forehead. The blood pooled underneath his body isn't his. Should Dan be looking for a second corpse? And the one man who can answer questions, the track vet, dies in a motorcycle accident.