A model is murdered, whilst her 5 year old daughter in the next room comforts her Chatterbox doll. Carella and Kling of the 87th Precinct investigate, but Kling goes home early in a huff because Carella doesn’t like the way he is handling the investigation. Then Carella gets a hunch and returns to the murder scene without his partner, bad move, he is captured by the baddies. The book then alternates between Carella’s incarceration and torture and his colleagues at the 87th trying to figure out what happened to him and how to solve the murder. Pulpy murder mystery police procedural, a slim but entertaining volume.
My rating 4 out of 5