French Internal Security agent
Philippe Joubert is a French Internal Security agent charged with arresting Jean Colbert, the Personal Attache to the French Ambassador in New York, for using his position to sell information to the Russians. When Jean learns that he is about to be arrested, he kills Phillipe, whose body is pulled from the east river and identified as Colbert to avert a potentially embarrassing political situation between the French and Russians.
Twenty years later, Carrie Walters and Dot find Jean's body at the base of Webster's statue near Strawberry Field with a shot in the head but no bullet, the same M.O. as the body pulled from the New York City East River in 1976 a week after he was reported missing.
Marc Cohen is put on the case and initially believes the murder to be the work of a professional.
The body is a white male sixty-eight inches tall, one-hundred forty-nine pounds in its late forties/early fifties. The head wound was made by a forty-five caliber bullet hole. There was no exit wound and no slug in the body. No I.D. was on the body and there were no distinguishing marks. The body was littered with a dozen roses.
When the body is identified as Jean Colbert, it puts a question mark on exactly who was pulled out of the east river in 1976.
Soon, Philippe's brother, Gerald Joubert, a clerk in the French Intelligence Division, is suspected of avenging his brother's death.