This is your basic policy procedural. If you like the first half of Law and Order tv shows, this is a book you will love.
I have read all of McBain's books and this one is good, though maybe not as much as some. Unfortunately, he isn't going to be able to write the next one on "The Deaf Man" which is implied at the end of this book.
funny cops vs dumb killers
I'M A FATHEAD, MEN!
I AM THE DEAF MAN!
Unscrambling the cryptic messages - anagrams, Detective Carella called them - delivered to the 87th Precinct confirmed that the master criminal who has eluded them time and again is not only alive and well, but may or may not be behind a deadly revenge shooting. For that matter, the Deaf Man may or may not be deaf. But he's getting through loud and clear with clues drawn from Shakespeare's works - taunting hints and maddening riddles pointing to his next plan of attack. It doesn't take a literary scholar to know there's no room for misinterpretation. For when the Deaf Man talks, everybody listens...or somebody gets hurt.
Another good mystery and continuation of The Deaf Man. Just grand.