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After an absence of many years, the anonymous madman known as the Deaf Man returns to plague the detectives of the 87th Precinct in general and Steve Carella in particular.
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What the Deaf Man has in mind is a complex pay-or-die extortion scheme, with politicians from the parks commissioner to the mayor as targets. It's really all a smokescreen for the Deaf Man's real crime, but what could that possibly be?

As the Deaf Man brings his plans closer and closer to completion and the taunting phone calls and notes continue, the detectives stay on his trail, but always several steps behind.

Who is the Deaf Man? Will he be caught? What is the true purpose behind the paltry ransom demands mailed to the 87th? And how can you catch a killer without motive, without clues, and without a name?
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   stalking/killing innocents Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   white collar fraud or theft Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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