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Someone is having fun at Dave Raskin's expense. That person has been harassing him by phone for weeks, threatening him with death if he does not leave his second-story shop by the last day of April. But Dave Raskin, patriotic American, knows what to do. He reports the heckler to Detective Meyer Meyer at the 87th Precinct.
Meanwhile, Detective Steve Carella is investigating the discovery of a nude corpse with the unlikely name of John Smith, a man wearing two-dollar shoes and staying in a four-star hotel.

As Carella tracks Smith's movements, he discovers a plot to rob a bank somewhere in the city, a plot involving bombs and a $2 million payday, while, back at the 87th, Meyer discovers that at least 40 other storekeepers are receiving the threatening calls, and they are all next-door to a bank!

As the multi-layered plot unfolds, the two cases become intertwined around a mysterious criminal genius known only as the Deaf Man. Who is the Deaf Man? Which bank does he plan to rob? And how? Will the detectives stop him in time? McBain's book answers a few of these questions and poses others as the novel hurtles toward an explosive and unconventional finale.
This report prepared by James Craver








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Story partially from villain's perspective Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   committing armed robbery Any non-mystery subplot?    -   theft/fraud investigation Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   white collar fraud or theft Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   catching thief

Main Character

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

Setting

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    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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