By Tina Jordan
Updated May 12, 2006 04:00 AM
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Jackson Workman Pickens — ”Work” — never got along with his dad, wealthy attorney Ezra Pickens. (To be honest, no one liked Ezra much.) When Ezra’s body turns up, Work tries to cooperate with the cops and conduct his own investigation — while juggling a longtime lover, an unhappy wife with a nasty secret, and a mentally ill sister.

Body Count
One.

Movie Pitch
Presumed Innocent meets Fatal Attraction.

Bottom Line
In a top-notch debut, Hart’s prose is like Raymond Chandler’s, angular and hard.