When the body of high school student Richie is found mutilated in his car, the police department wakes up to the fact that they have a cold-blooded killer on their hands. Further, Richie’s girlfriend Elaine is reported missing and the police have no clue as to what has become of her for several years. Roy Shepherd and his superior officer Detective Lieutenant Caproni, who are investigating the case, soon discover that they have much more on their hands than they initially thought. Three years later the battered corpse of Elaine surfaces adding to the mystery and horror. Detective Roy follows the delicate leads he unearths from the scene of the crime and it soon becomes an obsession with Roy to get to the root of the matter. Roy uses all the tricks in the book and some that are not, to corner the suspects. But, in the end, when a dying confession from the real culprit reveals that he has been barking up the wrong tree the entire time, a chance event unearths evidence from the past, proving that his efforts did not go to waste.
‘Heartstone’ is an edge of the seat investigative thriller from the team of Michael Williams, Robert Biheller and Phillip Margolin. It is an adaptation from the Edgar Award Nominee Novel of the same name by Phillip Margolin. The investigation of the Riche murder and Eliane disappearance spans over a decade, progressing painstakingly slow at times and in leaps and bounds at others. During the entire time, the narrative maintains its vice-like grip, disclosing just enough to whet the appetite even more.
When after 12 years of following the case, Roy learns that his suspects, the Coolidge brothers, are not guilty of what they are accused of, he is a little dejected. But he then discovers that they are guilty of a crime more cold-blooded and gruesome; something for which he has a personal score to settle with them.