Prospect P.D. Chief Sam Jenkins answers a friend's call for a favor and ends up investigating a murder in another jurisdiction. Everything points to domestic violence until Sam finds an important clue and meets an unlikely killer.
A 14-foot-tall statue of a cow is stolen from a market in Prospect, Tennessee. Police Chief Sam Jenkins enlists the help of his friend, a TV reporter, who broadcasts an appeal for help. With the laughs and giggles that inquiries bring regarding the theft, Jenkins is not happy. Soon an informant calls offering a tip on where to find the stolen cow - for a price.
Chief Sam Jenkins investigates the murder of a Tennessee school teacher. All the facts point to a simple conclusion, the man's wife, an escaped mental patient, killed her husband to gain custody of their small daughter. With the help of his usual cadre of friends and co-workers, Sam devises a plan to lure the obsessed woman into a trap when she tries to kidnap the child from the foster parents caring for the girl.
Chief Sam Jenkins learns of an illegal card game and the sale of moonshine at the Iron Skillet restaurant and decides to raid the premises. Police confiscate untaxed liquor, cash proceeds, and a revolver. That looked straight forward until a firearms examiner links the confiscated handgun to an unsolved homicide.
Building contractor, Scott Beets, seeks help in catching the person responsible for stealing the copper wire and pipes he uses for home construction. Police Chief Sam Jenkins finds the thief, but shortly after the burglar is released on bail, the complainant is found murdered. The investigation reveals numerous suspects, leaving Jenkins to find the guilty one.
Prospect City Councilman Danny Swope had two bad habits. He drank too much and he beat his wife. Throw in an overbearing personality, and Police Chief Sam Jenkins isn't surprised when Danny is found shot to death. Jenkins' investigation takes him into the world of cowboy action shooters and his own deadly fast-draw contest.
A past informant leads Chief Sam Jenkins and Sergeant Stan Rose to a partially buried corpse in a forest clearing once used by marijuana growers. At the crime scene, the medical examiner states a fact and makes a conjecture—the dead man was killed elsewhere, and the killer was a vampire. The investigation leads Jenkins to a group of religious fundamentalists. Jenkins has to figure out a way to reach the murderer in the group.