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By Thomas H. Cook

In Thomas H. Cook’s Edgar Award–nominated first novel, a weary detective tracks a blood-crazed psychopath
Blood seeps into the gutters on the children’s zoo in principal Park. deer were slaughtered, one stabbed fifty-seven instances and the opposite slashed around the neck. generally it'd be a case for the Parks division, yet those aren't any usual deer. The satisfaction of the small menagerie, they got to the zoo by means of a admired socialite who can't have enough money bloody headlines. The NYPD arms the case to Detective Reardon, big name of the murder squad.
A fresh widower at fifty-six, Reardon has visible too many human sufferers to care a lot in regards to the butchered animals. He resents being taken off different urgent instances for the sake of politics, yet quickly one other killing snaps him to cognizance. girls are stumbled on useless of their house, one stabbed fifty-seven occasions and the opposite along with her throat reduce. absolutely this vicious parallel isn’t a coincidence.…

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It says Langhof made that bust,” Reardon said. ” When Mathesson had gone Reardon looked at the arrest sheet again. He took a map of Central Park from one of his desk drawers and unfolded it on his desk.

Wallace Chesterton was a large, ponderously built man with a fiery temper, a bully who had been formally disciplined several times. He believed that the best way to approach either a witness or a suspect was to assault him, sometimes verbally, sometimes physically. So Reardon gave Chesterton the closest thing he had to a routine gangland killing, because he knew it would probably never be solved. Chesterton would know that too and be less inclined to rough up somebody for nothing. “This one is strictly by the book, ” Reardon told him.

He had seen it more times than he liked to recall, and it had always begun with a terrible crime, one almost incomprehensible in its brutality: sex organs hanging from a doorknob or a severed finger floating placidly in a decanter of scotch or some other inhuman mutilation. And then that sudden, quiet, stunning touch of the human. The undeniable suggestion that even in the raving, animal cruelty of the crime, some touch of conscience remained. Sometimes it might be nothing more than a handkerchief too obviously left behind.

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