The victim is the police commissioner of the city. Shot in the heart while out jogging. The Mayor has given Farber 10 days to solve the crime.
Two cops come upon a man lying facedown on a New York street corner. It is before dawn and snowing. The body is wearing a jogging suit, sneakers, a stocking cap. Rushed to the scene in a squad car, Chief of Detectives Bert P. Farber joins much of the headquarters brass standing over the body. The murdered man is Harry Chapman, the brilliant new police commissioner, an ex-cop turned politician, once Farber's radio car partner, and the man who married Farber's girl. Chapman lived too far downtown to have jogged this far. How did he get here? Where is his gun? Who did this, and why? And who will inform his wife, Mary Alice, a rich man's daughter whom Farber perhaps still loves and who now becomes part of the investigation? Equally important, perhaps more important: who gets to succeed to the top job? By law the mayor must appoint a new PC within ten days. Standing with First Deputy Commissioner Priestly and Chief of the Department Sternhagen, Farber thinks: The new PC will be one of us three. If he can break the case quickly, he has a good chance. But he knows the others will block him any way they can.
A good read of politics, murder and lost love.
A body is found on a Manhattan street. The victim is the police commissioner of the city of New Yourk shot in the heasr while out joggin too far from his own hme. Back stabbing politics that maks for a good read.
Well written and an interesting premise, but got a little far-fetched at times. I think Daley was NY Police Commissioner at one time, and occasionally he seems to get a little sidetracked in describing departmental politics. If I remember correctly, he never served as an actual police officer and was a political appointee - maybe he's just writing about what he's most familiar with. Most books usually include at least a paragraph about the author, but this one did not, so I could be mistaken about the author's history. This is the first of his books I have read in several years because I got tired of the political discussions.