heat Author:mcbain, ed 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. Kfing's got other problems: his startlingly beautiful wife is almost certainly cheating on him, and he is be... more »ing 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‑fifth 87th Precinct novel, Ed McBain reaffirms his mastery of the police procedural story.« less