Tricks - 87th Precinct, Bk 40 Author:Ed McBain This tour de force of suspense and surprises takes place in just one shift of duty at the 87th precinct. But it is Halloween, and the quiet of the early evening is shattered by a series of sudden, violent incidents: — All Sergeant Andy Parker has on his mind is getting a date with a suspect he first met nine years ago. Until a liquor store owner ... more »is shot and killed by four costumed children who didn't wait for an answer to "trick or treat."
Investigating a routine call behind a downtown restaurant, Brown and Genero make a grisly discovery: a headless torso stuffed in a garbage can.
Hawes takes a call from the wife of a professional magician and has an even more elusive problem: Sebastian the Great has concluded his performance at a local high school with what looks like his final disappearing act.
Before a night of tricks and illusions is over, Detective First Class Eileen Burke will wait nervously in a hookers' bar in the seediest part of town. If she's lucky she'll succeed in getting picked up by a serial killer with a penchant for bad jokes. If she's even luckier, she'll come out of it alive.« less