Two guys walk into this bar in the Hellís Kitchen section of Manhattan. Itís 1981 -- 15 years after their release from an upstate reform school. Sitting at a table, eating dinner, is a former school guard who repeatedly beat and raped them. The guys recognize him, sit down with him, introduce themselves and shoot him to death. Theyíre arrested and brought to trial.
The assistant D.A. who prosecutes the killers is a boyhood buddy who went to reform school with them and was abused by the same guard. This prosecutor has talked his way onto the case and intends to slyly botch it, aided by a journalist chum who was also victimized by the guard. -- Kevin McManus