But while the cops of the Major Case squad can track her to a convict whose case was being prosecuted by the A. After a university president is found bludgeoned to death, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) do their homework on a variety of likely suspects - including a promising African-American candidate (guest star Reg E. When an embezzling executive's (guest star James Colby) wife and two daughters are kidnapped by a loan shark as collateral on a huge debt, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) are frustrated by his lack of cooperation -- even after the hostages are released after one of the girls is sexually assaulted. When the philandering, drug-abusing wife of an arrogant plastic surgeon (guest star Robert Knepper) disappears, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) suspect the doctor's earnest efforts to find her are bogus -- especially when they find he has a lover (guest star Penny Balfour) of his own. The careers of Logan and Wheeler are put on the line when a priest convinces him to reopen a case that may reveal the corruption of an ADA who will go to any length necessary -- including getting Logan and Wheeler removed from their jobs -- to keep the truth a secret.Cathy) for a department chairmanship - but their attention is focused on an underachieving grad student (guest star Daniel London) and a self-assured professor (guest star Olivia d'Abo) whose murky background intrigues Goren. Vance) stalls to prevent the release of the imprisoned man, the detectives discover a hitch in their theory that might point to a most unlikely suspect. However, even when the cops arrest him, the likely killer won't cooperate, forcing Goren and Eames to devise an elaborate ruse to lure out another man who was equally responsible. Stonewalled by the frightened family, the investigators must backtrack quickly to the brutal and thuggish enforcer (guest star Ritchie Coster) who actually captured them -- and plans more mayhem for another indebted family. But even when the body of a decomposed woman washes ashore weeks later, the cops can't crack the doc's airtight defense -- and their only hope might be to turn his ego against him. When the host of TV's "Rock 'n' Talk" is bludgeoned to death by a champagne bottle, Logan and Wheeler's investigation into the seamy music world involves Jordie Black, Wheeler's favorite rock star from high school, whose secret past pushes Wheeler's admiration to the brink.
Detectives Goren and Eames aren't convinced it's that easy and re-question the mother, who was originally accused of the crime, as well as her informative, best-selling author neighbor, Nate Royce (Guest Star Bill Irwin).
Goren struggles to remain professional and attentive to the case while his ailing mother (guest star Rita Moreno) takes a turn for the worse.
As detectives Goren and Eames look into both murders, they follow a trail of counterfeit and poisoned mouthwash from the streets of Harlem to the FDA and Wall Street.
After popular video blogger Willow (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg, "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer") and her boyfriend Holden are seen kidnapped live on-line by two violent assailants, Detectives Logan (Chris Noth) and Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) are assigned to the high-profile case.
More clues, including a passage in the Bible book of Exodus and DNA evidence, point to the business owner's (guest star Jim Gaffigan) odd association with an efficient mob hitman (guest star Jay O. The mysterious murder of a wealthy publisher perplexes Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) but their key link is Erica, an orphaned and elusive teenaged author whose Dickensian tragedies have spawned best-selling books and profitable charities -- but no one except for a few shady characters can say they've ever met "Erica." Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Murder compounds interest in shady accounting when a financial executive (guest star Cindy Katz) in a major land-holding company is framed for the slaying of her lover and then blackmailed to sign the quarterly corporate statement to cover up any hint that the company's stock was illegally used to generate profits. When the sale of an old family house reveals the body of a young woman missing for 20 years buried underneath, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) seek out the drug-addicted brother (guest star Danton Stone) who used to live there -- but their instincts tell them that the dull boy must have had a smarter partner-in-crime. When the daughter (guest star Alla Kliouka) of a jailed Russian mob boss is found decapitated, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) suspect the murderous hit was a result of her tattletale book -- but further investigation reveals that one of her previous private school classmates had an even more sordid reason to execute her. But as the cops close in, Goren learns of the man's desperate need to gain the approval of his children -- and he races to prevent even more murders. Detectives Logan (Chris Noth) and Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) question the one witness found on the scene, Harry Williams, (guest star Sticky Fingaz) who reveals he's an undercover cop whose task force specializes in crimes within the rap world.
Meanwhile, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) wonder why the exec remains mum about the suspected phony accounting -- until they discover that the eyewitness who conveniently cleared her of the murder rap is related to a key bigwig at the company. The cops trace the suspect's association with an old college chum (guest star Jim True-Frost) who is now a successful and control-oriented businessman known to suddenly disappear for a while from his family. They discover that an uptight, self-tortured real estate magnate (guest star David Thornton) might have feared exposure of his own dark childhood secrets and kinky alter ego if a second bestseller had been published. Williams warns Logan and Wheeler to watch themselves, but when he starts helping them out, witnesses turn up dead.When an inner-city father and son are found with their throats slit, Detectives Goren and Eames discover that a series of adolescent boys have disappeared from the same intimidating neighborhood.When none of the locals will cooperate with the investigation, the cops suspect that someone is using the boys to operate an expensive bicycle theft ring.As they investigate Ian's past through his wife Claudia (guest star Nina Siemaszko) and colleague Brendan Keele (guest star Geoffrey Nauffts), the Detectives learn that Ian's sexuality may have cost him his life.The Copeland brothers are nothing alike -- Adlai is a successful, true gentleman and their father Jules' favorite (guest star Rip Torn), while Ted is irresponsible and difficult.Detectives Goren and Eames try to unravel a deadly mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire and bequeaths some of her estate to a young woman who is subsequently murdered.Soon their investigation turns to a shady state public administrator (guest star Dennis Christopher, "Breaking Away") who has re-invented the concept of "grave-robbing." Goren discovers the suspect's weakness for expensive collector cars, but to make the case succeed in court, he might also need to exploit his quarry's personal relationships.With the help of a tech wizard, the Detectives question whether the kidnapping is staged or real.When a follow-up video blog shows Willow pleading to viewers to download videos which will raise the ransom money, Detective Wheeler takes a trip into cyberspace to face-off with the kidnappers.However, Goren plays on the man's paranoia and soon finds a connection to a notorious inmate (guest star Clifton Powell) who might have received a hit list -- which included Milt's son.When a woman is found slain at home, Detectives Goren and Eames immediately focus their investigation on her son (guest star Adam Storke) -- a paroled murderer who lived with her and knew that she suspected his involvement in an earlier, notorious sexual assault.