Onyx, Jul 2003, 6.99, 384 pp.
Horace Grimes is the third drug kingpin murdered in the MANHATTAN NORTH precinct and the fifth in the city in the past few months. In each case the victim is tied up by nylon cable straps, beaten up in what seemed like a vicious Q & A session, and ultimately shot in the head from close up inside car with the driver's window open.
NYPD Detective Sergeant Thornton Savage is assigned as lead investigator. A tip leads him to art expert and socialite Derek Ogden. Thornton's best friend Abe Hamilton goes undercover to tail Derek. However, the prominent Derek's enforcer Luther Robinson kills Abe. While Thornton mourns his loss and feels guilt over the assignment that left a teen without a father, the case against Derek heads south. Even worse, Luther begins killing anyone that Thornton cherishes. Besides mourning the loss of pal, Thornton knows he must stop this killing machine and his smooth boss before further innocent people die as his beloved girlfriend did.
This is an exciting police procedural in which the readers know the culprits from almost the beginning of the novel. That irony does not slow down the pace or impede the suspense of this thriller. Though Luther behaves out of control except when he uses reverse psychology to lure his victim into a trap. The audience will take immense delight in this taut cat and mouse caper.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner