By Ed McBain

The heroes of the city's road develop into the hunted during this crime fiction vintage. Ed McBain's first 87th Precinct novel.

Swift, silent, and lethal -- somebody is knocking off the 87th Precinct's best, one after the other. The how of the killings is apparent: 3 .45 photographs from the darkish upload as much as one, , 3 very lifeless detectives. The why and the who're the Precinct's complications now.

When Detective Reardon is located useless, rationale is a giant query mark. but if his associate turns into sufferer quantity , it seems like open-and-shut grudge killings. that's, till a 3rd detective buys it.

With one meager clue, Detective Steve Carella starts his grim look for the killer, a seek that takes him into the city's underworld to a infamous brothel, to the condominium of an attractive and hazardous widow, and eventually to a .45 automated aimed immediately at his head....

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