Jake Wirta
Created by
Stephen J. Cannell

He might as well face it, he's addicted to pills.

JAKE WIRTA is a cranky ex-cop (and a former partner of Cannell's series character Shane Scully) who left the LAPD with a bullet in his spine (achieved during a bank robbery shootout) and a nasty habit.

Hooked on percocet and percodan and not always overly troubled by scruples, Jake finds himself out of his league in his one appearance to date, 2003's Runaway Heart. Jake isn't quite sure what to make of his new client, Herman Strockmeyer. Herman is a character, all right -- a rumpled, overweight eccentric attorney Herman Strockmeyer with a heart problem, a lot of A-list pals (Barbra Streisand and Donald Trump make cameos), and a beautiful daughter, Susan, who's also his legal partner. The founder of the Institute for Planetary Justice, Strockmeyer's dedicated his professional life to pursuing corrupt corporations and assorted wings of the government. Strockmeyer's latest crusade is suing the USDA, EPA, FDA and whoever else he can to get an injunction against planting genetically engineered corn, which Strockmeyer claims is endangering Monarch butterflies. But when Strockmeyer's assistant hacks into the computer bank of Gen-A-Tech, a prime contractor in the genetic engineering of agricultural products, he uncovers something much more disturbing than a few dead bugs -- a secret military project aimed at creating a new breed of super-powered, super-vicious super soldiers for the Feds.

When one of these G.I. Joe-bots murders the assistant, Jake, Herman and Susan realize they may have bitten off a little more than they could chew, and it's going to take a bit more than a few handfuls of painkillers to get out of this mess.

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Report respectfully submitted by Mark Geldmeyer and Kevin Burton Smith.


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