Hanrahan solves what he calls "moral paradoxes" that have precipitated or caused murders. Honors Due takes Hanrahan to Hollywood - or rather to the Astoria production studies in New York. After seeing a movie about Galileo that is touted as a drama, he sees that it is a farce, and that a respected historian's name is credited with the screenplay. Hanrahan cannot believe the man had anything to do with the script, because the historian wrote the defining biography of Galileo. As he probes into the paradox, he uncovers more about Hollywood than he ever wanted to know - and meets the actress who seemed to have been a party to the slandering of the historian's good name and reputation. Chess graduated from Fordham Law School, and is a book-lover and movie fan. He is single, but isn't immune from falling in love with his female suspects.