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In the middle of a stifling heat wave, why would an artist intent on committing suicide turn his air conditioning off before taking his life? Thats the question troubling Detectives Steve Carella and Bert Kling until more personaland deadlyquestions threaten to tear Klings life apart.
Certain his wife, Augusta, is cheating on him, Kling sets out on a course from which there is no turning back. Meanwhile a dangerous killer from his past begins a similar path destined to end in retribution. As Carellas case of the mysterious suicide unravels, Klings personal life explodes in pain and violence.
An Ed McBain classic, this installment of his famed 87th Precinct series is a triple threat as the three storylines weave together with relentless momentum, culminating in a shattering climax that tears open the heart of one of the precincts finest.
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