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About The Perfect Murder

Steven Taylor is a Wall Street financier, married to Emily. When his risky personal investments start unraveling, he intends to access Emily's personal fortune of $100 million. Emily is having an affair with painter David Shaw, and is considering leaving Steven.

Steven knows about the affair, and has learned that David is an ex-convict with a history of conning rich women out of their money. Steven offers David $500,000 to murder Emily. When David responds that he and Emily are in love, Steven reminds him his next arrest will mean 15 years imprisonment.

Steven hides the door key from Emily's keyring outside the service entrance to their lavish Manhattan co-op apartment. He attends his regular card game, during which time Emily usually stays in. David is to use the key, kill her, and make it look like a robbery.

At his card game, Steven takes a break, using his cellphone to make a call to an automated bank system (adding to his alibi), while using a second phone to call Emily. Emily answers in the kitchen, is attacked by a masked assailant, but stabs him in the neck with a meat thermometer.

Steven returns expecting Emily to be dead, but finds the assailant's body. He takes the key from its pocket and puts it back on Emily's keychain. Police arrive, led by Detective Karaman. They remove the assailant's mask and Karaman notices that Steven is surprised – the body is not David's. David watches the body being removed from the building and assumes it is Emily.

Steven takes Emily to stay at her mother's. Later, David calls Steven and plays an audio tape of him discussing the plan and demands the full $500,000.

Emily visits her friend, Raquel, and tells her she has decided to leave Steven. Emily wonders aloud what Steven would do if he knew about David. Raquel agrees that Steven might kill her, and that he would get her fortune, as Emily refused to sign a prenuptial agreement.

Emily uses her connections to speak to a bank executive, learning of Steven's financial troubles. She then informs Karaman, who says that Steven's alibi is solid, though there is the minor concern that the dead assailant did not have a key.

Emily returns to her apartment for the first time, but her key does not work. This spurs her to go to the apartment of the assailant, discovering that her key unlocks his door. Emily confronts Steven with this and his financial problems. Steven responds with David's sordid past and accuses him of being a blackmailer conning her and threatening him. When he saw the dead body in their kitchen, he assumed it was David and took the key from his pocket so as not to implicate Emily.

Steven goes to David's loft with the cash, but finds a note directing him to a park. David's phone rings, and Steven answers – it is a ticketing agent, confirming David's train to Montreal. Steven meets David in a park and swaps the money for the audio tape.

Reaching the private compartment on the train, David opens the bathroom door; Steven lunges out and stabs him, taking David's gun and the money. A dying David laughs, revealing he mailed a copy of the tape to Emily. Steven rushes home and finds the mail still unopened. He hides the money, gun and tape in his safe before Emily enters the room.

Steven showers then dresses for dinner, but Emily suggests they stay in instead. As she heads out to pick up food, she mentions that they should have the locks changed since her key is missing. Steven checks the service entrance, finds the key he hid for David, and realizes that the attacker had put it back after unlocking the door. Emily suddenly appears, revealing that she knows everything now, having found the tape in the safe while he showered. When she turns to leave, Steven attacks her and she uses David's gun to kill him.

When Karaman arrives, Emily plays David's tape, then explains what happened after she told Steven, to which Karaman states she had no choice.

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