A man, hanging from a tree at the edge of the forest that surrounds Dockerty, Newry County, has been shot with arrows, two of which pin his belly to the tree trunk. Orwell Brennan, Dockerty's chief of police, questions the validity of it being a hunting accident when a sergeant tells him it's been ruled a murder. He also tells the chief that the investigation is now in the hands of Metro Homicide and outside his concern.
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Dockerty police chief Orwell Brennan has his hands full. The town's mayor keeps trying to use him for re-election while her slick, out-of-town challenger is smearing him every chance he gets. Meanwhile, Brennan's middle daughter is getting married soon, his youngest is starting to notice boys, his wife has him on a diet, and someone keeps stealing his favorite cookies. Things take an ironic turn for the worse when a Toronto police officer, who was in town to investigate a local murder, is killed in his hotel room.