Michael Violet maintains the facade of being a legitimate San Francisco car dealer while secretly making money stealing luxury cars. His brother Jon is a respected journalist who exposes corruption within the establishment. Michael keeps his double life hidden from his brother - until Jon exposes him. The two haven't spoken in over a year. Yet when Jon is killed during a 'burglary', Michael's life changes overnight. Driven by revenge and guilt, and with the police unable or unwilling to help, he begins a solo hunt for his brother's killer. The only lead Michael has is a cheap diamond necklace that he discovers hidden in Jon's apartment - a trinket seemingly worth next to nothing. Yet when Michael finds himself pursued by a team of professional killers, he realizes that not only is the necklace the reason Jon was killed, but that it's somehow the key to a story that leads to the very top...Black Violet is the debut novel by acclaimed screenwriter Alex Hyland.