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When an aspiring author is murdered, suspicion is placed on a celebrated writer whose career is on the decline, as well as his young protégé.


Ken Girotti


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Eric Bogosian ... Danny Ross
Peter Coyote ... Lionel Shill
Pablo Schreiber ... TJ Hawkins
Fisher Stevens ... Gareth Sage
Al Thompson ... Dante 'D Tour' Heath
Barbara Walsh ... Ariana Cypher
Victoria Dillard ... Sharon Adams
Sharon Hope ... Ida Danforth
William Jackson Harper ... Chayne Danforth
Shamika Cotton ... Kira Danforth
Amy Flanagan Amy Flanagan ... Paige Aldwyn
Ron Simons ... Detective Willis
Zack Robidas ... Chad (as Zachary Robidas)


When an aspiring author is murdered, suspicion is placed on a celebrated writer whose career is on the decline, as well as his young protégé.

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Release Date:

15 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Actor Peter Coyote (Lionel Shill) will later play Los Angeles County District Attorney Jerry Hardin on Law & Order: LA (2010). See more »


Lionel Shill: [to Eames] My god. If I didn't know better I'd swear that was personal.
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He was really black. Really black. You mean obsidian?
1 October 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A wannabe female writer is shot dead in her place by a Saturday night special older than the victim. She was raised by a supportive mother who worked three jobs at the time to get her out of the Projects in order to enable her to get a properly education. Anyway she has hooked up with a lowlife cartoon animator since high school, who spent a years in jail for car theft and used to hide weed in her cabinets; he had nothing to do with the murder, but his role in this episode is not over. Stolen notes and ideas lead to success some people who didn't deserve it and the detectives have to dig in the past (back to the sixties) to find out the real perp.

Goren has fun in holding the sack to an amateur boxer and novelist (the recurrent actor in L&O franchise Pablo Schreiber), who is one of the prime suspects.

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