Somewhat north of Manhattan lies the quiet little town of Verplanck, New York. Nothing really exciting happens there but that isn't to say that life in Verplanck is boring. For one thing, the automobile of choice is the Yugo. For another, there seem to be more landscapers than land. But strangest of all, no one in this small town seems to blink when one of its best known and possibly least liked residents, Mona Dearly drives her Yugo into the Hudson River to her death. All in all, Mona's death could be described as a pretty fortuitous accident for everyone whose lives she touched. Except for the fact that it wasn't an accident. Somebody in Verplanck wanted Mona dead. Bound by duty to investigate the crime, Police Chief Wyatt Rash soon discovers that he's not going to get a lot of help from the people who knew her. The biggest problem in Chief Rash's investigation is when he asks himslef 'who would like to see Mona Dearly dead?,' the same answer keeps coming back- who wouldn't?