Salvatore thomas ruscitti, a former policeman, was a well-liked and respected southern california car dealer. When he was shot and killed on his doorstep one september evening in 1988, friends and family began pointing at the class action lawsuit that salvatore had been spearheading against his former employers. When the initial investigation could not find any connection between the lawsuit and the two men who shot ruscitti, the ruscitti family began to fear that the killers would never be brought to justice. Years later, the case was brought to the attention of assistant u.S. Attorney larry burns, who found a different method with which to investigate the murder. Deadly commission is the story of larry burns and his investigative team, and of how they unraveled the plot to kill salvatore ruscitti.