The last time my father calls is shortly before the anniversary of his disbarment to tell me he's just cheated death. On his end, there's background noise--a restaurant, a bar or somewhere far sleazier. Since the divorce he licks his wounds at a topless strip club in Garden Grove called the Kat Nip.
The mysterious death of a high-profile defense lawyer propels his daughter into an investigation of the shady deals and characters that led to his disbarment. This searing, detective memoir paints a vivid portrait of a Greek American family caught up in the scandal-obsessed, drug-addicted culture of Southern California in the closing decades of the twentieth century.
When Ava, a former defense lawyer, wakes up in an empty hotel room to find her husband missing days before he is supposed to report to jail for a heinous crime he swears he didn't commit, she takes matters into her own hands. Searching for her husband herself instead of calling the police "V" is led on a chase that ends up in her own dark past. With grit and determination, she is forced to confront her own misdeeds while coming face-to-face with her husband's.