Milton Meyers has killed three men. A former government investigator who now runs a small collection agency, and also does security work, Meyers killed Anthony Jones, a young man who torched Zero Gallery, leading to the death of Meyers´s girlfriend. Nearly a year later, helping a woman he met at Zero after it had been rebuilt, Meyers killed Diane Fox´s husband, and father, both of whom she claimed had abused her.
Meyers, who was badly injured when he was young, is very sympathetic towards people who have been abused. When "The Long Shot" opens, he has recently failed at finding the killer of Janey Fast, a performance artist and photographer, who took pictures of abused women. No longer with Diane, embittered by his failures, and needing money, he tries to sell the pictures Janey took of Melissa Weiss, pictures that had been displayed at Zero Gallery.
This leads to confrontations with Melissa and Diane, and an attempt to rip off Melissa´s husband, who may have killed Janey Fast. Two story lines (trying to rip off Melissa´s husband, and trying to find Fast´s killer) converge late in the book, as Meyers tries to get back with Diane. In helping Melissa deal with her husband (who is also abusive), Meyers also has to decide whether he can kill someone simply for money.