In the third chunk of the novel, the trial of Jim Williams takes place. Jim Williams, the wealthy owner and antiques seller is put on trial for the murder of his houseboy, Danny Hansford. For this trial, Bobby Lee Cook is working the defense for Jim Williams while Spencer Lawton is the prosecutor.
Jim Williams seems relatively unruffled by his impending murder case. Even when he is convicted and sentenced to time in the Chatham County Jail, he maintains a composed stature, still impeccably dressed and maintaining a gentleman, suave personality. When he is talking about his trial, he cares more about the antique furniture being loaded off of his truck rather than the time he would have to spend time in jail. Additionally, even when he is in jail, he is still maintaining his antique selling business by rerouting calls from the Mercer House. To his customers, his guise of poise and elegance is maintained because many of them are not even aware that he is in jail.
However, the guise is just what it is…a ploy. On the inside, Jim Williams is deteriorating due to the subpar standards and treatment in the jail cell compared to the luxury he is used to living in his house. However, Jim Williams is determined not to let his issues deter him from maintaining his status.