The Game of Thirty Author:William Kotzwinkle Streetwise, witty, and with a sharp eye for the absurd, private detective jimmy McShane has seen a lot in his tie. He grew up on the docks of Hell's Kitchen and spent a tour of duty in the Air Force Guarding nuclear missile sites. But he's never seen anything like the murder of Tommy Rennseler. The wealthy Madison Avenue antiques dealer ... more »died like an ancient Egyptian: injected with cobra venom, then ritually disemboweled.
Hired by the dead man's daughter, McShane is drawn by the killer into a Game of Thirty, pastime of the pharaohs. And from the lowest depths of Times Square to the upper reaches of New York society, all Manhattan is the board upon which they'll make their moves. It's a game where more than priceless antiques are at stake, where nothing is forbidden, where young flesh is for sale...and death comes quick as a serpent's kiss.« less