Three black party girls have been tortured and murdered, but no one seems to care until a white girl is also murdered. Then the police ask Easy Rawlins for help. They feel he would be more likely to get cooperation in the ghetto than they would.
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Easy refuses at first, but changes his mind when they threaten to start arresting people if he doesn't help. He discovers that one of the black women was last seen with a crazy black man from Oakland, and he thinks that he has his man. With his sidekick, Mouse he pursues the killer, but then he begins to suspect that the white girl may not have been killed by the same man.
He discovers that despite the fact that she came from a 'good' family, she was living like a tramp and also that she was pregnant. Although the police are not interested, Rawlins continues to pursue the matter to find out what really happened to the girl.
The review of this Book prepared by Jack Goodstein