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Burke Basile is the hard-bitten cop whose world shattered when a fellow officer died from a bullet fired from Burke's own handgun. When his unhappy marriage crumbles, and he has nothing left to lose, Burke focuses his rage on his nemesis: Pinkie Duvall, a sinister, flamboyant defense attorney who has just helped a known killer get away with another murder. Determined to bring the powerful Duvall down, Burke strikes at the attorney's most vulnerable spot: the gorgeous wife Duvall pampers but keeps prisoner, a woman whose love Pinkie will never have.
Remy Duvall was destitute and at the mercy of New Orleans's streets before Duvall made her his trophy. When Burke strikes, taking Remy as his captive, it sets off a duel between the criminal lawyer and the ex-cop that explodes from the streets of the French Quarter and intensifies in the steamy swamps.
For Burke, who is struggling with his own anguished spirit, his fight with Duvall is a matter of honor. But the one thing he could never have imagined is the passion that erupts between himself and Duvall's wife. As dozens of players —from the innocent to the corrupt—are drawn into the drama, Burke and Remy have one way out: through a desperate confrontation in the middle of Mardi Gras madness.
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