heat Author:ed mcbain "Why would any man, however deranged, take an overdose of sleeping pills and then calmly turn off his air conditioner with the city sweltering through a backbreaking heat wave? This question nags at detectives Bert Kling and Steve Carella. Kling's got other problems: his startlingly beautiful wife is almost certainly cheating on him, and he is b... more »eing stalked by a psychopathic ex-con bent on getting Kling for having sent him up. While Carella scratches away like a terrier at the "suicide", Kling grows less and less capable of coping. in a shattering triple climax, the tinderbox elements converge. Ed McBain makes it clear that there can be no real winners here, except for the reader.
In this, his thirty-fifth87th precinct novel, Ed McBain reaffirms his mastery of the police procedural story.« less