Jessica visits her niece, Carrie Palmer, and her husband, Leonard Palmer, who actually forgot his own anniversary date, being an obsessively comets-devoted astronomy researcher at the Astro-Physics Institute where director Russell Armstrong and high-profile, high-maintenance careerist scientist, Dr. Thor Lindquist, who insists they attend the reception they hold to land a Defense contract Leonard disapproves of. That night, Leonard is seen rushing out without signing out or closing up his computer-programmed telescope, which is pointed at a vacation house owned by Armstrong 30 miles-away, focused at the corpse of Drake Eaton. The house was lent to Leonard's wife, Carrie Palmer, who admits she asked Drake to come over. Jessica agrees to ghostwrite a book for investigating police Sergeant Kettler to get access to all the data, while Leonard is fired to avoid image damage. Conflicting statements from Leonard and Carrie make them the obvious suspects, yet Jessica suddenly concentrates on ...
Did You Know?
If you finally find this comet...
When, not if.
...they'll probably name it for you, posthumously. "Here lies Leonard Palmer, asleep at last."