Erin Garmin works for Jessica Fletcher's publisher and is shocked when she reads a manuscript from writer Dirk Mathison. Although purportedly a novel, the story and detail of a young child's kidnapping is virtually identical to what happened to her when she was 12 years old. Although Erin was not hurt, she was held for several days until her mother Terry and her rich grandfather paid a $3 million ransom. She tries to interest police Lt. Phil Corelli in what she's found but the statute of limitations has passed and Corelli isn't convinced that the manuscript present any information on who may have actually kidnapped her. When Mathison is found dead in his hotel room, Erin becomes the obvious suspect but it's left to Jessica to find the real killer.
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Hey, the way I figure it, I'm getting shortchanged bit time. I don't wanna beg for what I'm entitled to. You wouldn't have any of this without me. Look, Matheson, it's your choice. Pay me now, or I'll get paid for it later by the tabloids.