It's been a long time since the enigmatic master criminal who calls himself the Deaf Man last harassed the detectives of the 87th Precinct in general and Det. Steve Carella in particular.
That's why, when the photographs of George Washington, J. Edgar Hoover, a Zero fighter plane, and other esoteric subjects begin arriving at the 87th, each one sent twice, the detectives don't immediately consider them anything more than the bizarre missives of a crank.
But when the Deaf Man calls the squad and tells them the date and amount of his next robbery, and goes out of his way to mention that he's going to do it with their "help," they take notice.
Now, while Detective Kling and his partner are out tracking down a cat burglar who leaves live kittens as his calling card, the rest of the squad must try to figure out the Deaf Man's new angle, and do it quickly, before they become the madman's unwitting partners in his most sensational crime yet...
This report prepared by James Craver