Three complete novels by Lawrence Sanders in one book.
The First Deadly Sin...the ultimate psychosexual thriller, this is the book that began the Sanders success story. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice ax. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Edward X. Delaney, must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders.
The Second Deadly Sin...a giant among modern American artists is murdered and New York's "unshockable" art world is shocked. This is just the kind of case to bring former Chief of Detectives Edward X. Delaney out of retirement. Convinced this was no random murder, Delaney is determined to find whose face was left off the nude in the victim's last, violently interupted, painting.
The Third Deadly Sin...the "Hotel Ripper" is prowling New York's nightside, using a Swiss Army knife to kill out-of-town bussinessmen. All that is known about the perpetrator is that he stands between five-five and five-seven, and wears a hairpiece. Is Killer X the customary quiet nebbish, motivated by the standard Superman revenge fantasies? Or, as retired Chief of Detectives Edward X. Delaney quickly posits, is the NYPD up against a new kind of psychopath, one who is nightmarishly different from the rest?