Synopsis: Small-town detective Noah Cordin is called to solve a juvenile homicide that occurred during a home burglary in his affluent town of Hilliard. The dead boy's mother, Allison Connor, is a member of the Meskada County Board of Commissioners, and a powerful woman in Hilliard. The entire township of Caswell rallies together in solidarity - not to support her and Detective Cordin's efforts to find the killers (who appear to have come from Caswell) but to keep the way clear for a new business with 500 jobs coming to town.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Josh Sternfeld
Production: Red Flag Releasing
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

All good. No one's home.

Let's see what's up.

Shall we?

In and out.

- Hey.

- Hey.

- Have you been out to Route 22?

- Not yet.

Anything from the neighborhood?

No one saw anything at all.

Can you believe this?

What do you think happened...

our guy chase the boy in here?

I think he was already in here.

I think the boy came in,

surprised him, went for the phone.

Then he hit him once

in the back of the head.

Are you done with the kid?

The mother's a widow, you know,

a local bigwig at County.

- A deputy?

- No, the County Board

- of Commissioners.

- Right.

Did you say

the phone line was cut?


So our guy not only misreads

the house as empty,

but he cracks a kid's skull

for going for a phone

that he knows is cut.

A different he maybe.

Listen, I talked to the assistant DA

in the sheriff's office.

They're gonna assign

another detective to work with you,

assist you.

This is our town, Terry.

It's our jurisdiction.

They know.

This is your case, don't worry.

Who is it?

They don't have

a name for me yet.

You'll meet him

down at the morgue.


It's a tent stake.

We're gonna need

to rope this off over here.

Crime scene.

Crime scene 1.

I need a unit on Route 22,

mile marker 46,

about 20 yards south.

Copy that, Detective.

Detective, Leslie Spencer from county.

They told you I was coming.

They said someone was, yeah.

Allison Connor just made the ID.

Do you want me at the crime scene?

You can come back

with me at dawn.


She's with the county prosecutor.

She's a widow, you know.

Yeah, I know.

I had a sponsorship dinner

in Bloom Hills.

Um, Angela was sleeping over

at a friend's house.

She got picked up at 6:45.

Toby was downstairs

in the basement

playing video games.

I went downstairs

and asked him

if he wanted me to call Maris.

She watches him sometimes

when I'm going to be out late.

And he said

that I should just go.

So he'd been home all day then?

Yes, he got sick at school.

He came home in the middle of the day.

What about getting the mail?

Did he leave the house again?

I doubt it.

Why does that matter?

We don't know if this man

has been watching the house

or for how long.

He may have thought

the house was empty.

It's felony murder regardless,


And my office intends

to prosecute it as such.

You said he was just...

just one person?

One, possibly two.

We don't know yet.

We think Toby came up

and just stumbled upon him

from the basement.

He was hit once

in the back of the head.

Excuse me for a bit.

No, I'm okay.

I'm okay. I'm sorry.

Mrs. Connor, we can do this again

at another time.

No. No no no no, l...

I would like to do it now.

I need you to start this now.

This was a burglary,

so we're gonna need

a list of anything missing.

We're gonna have to get that out

as soon as possible,

because sometimes

things turn up.

Okay, I'll do that tomorrow.

And we're gonna need to speak

with your friends,

your associates

in local government.

Maybe there was a dispute.

You have kids?

No, I don't.


Maybe his lookout?

Not his... theirs.

They're all Camel Lights.

Radio the unit.

Crime scene 1,

we need a unit out to the north quarter

here along the rock walk.

Hey, Noah.


You should get over here,

behind the house about 60 yards back.

What's up?

Is this a good lead?

We'll see if we find

the other one.

Anything today?

It's just terrible.

We saw it on the news.

Zack saw?

Yeah, he walked in

when I was watching.

Did he say anything?


Sorry to bring

you guys out so early.

This is a tent stake.

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Josh Sternfeld

Josh Sternfeld (born Joshua Sternfeld in 1972, New York City, New York), is an American film writer/director.On June 8, 2015 in Dutchess County, New York, Sternfeld began directing his upcoming psychological thriller, Amy Makes Three. more…

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