Gaitano pulls off some unexpected tricks; few readers will foresee where the dramatic twists will lead by the novel's end. Veteran Chicago cop Tony Tulio, head of a homicide squad that investigates murders of affluent victims, is on the trail of a serial killer who murders for vital organs. Both Tulio and art collector Paul Harris are in love with D.A. Marian Hannerty. That triangle doesn't lead to a traditional cat-and-mouse trackdown, however, because none of these characters is a stereotype. Tulio, a widower with a guilty secret, is psychologically close to the edge; his rage upon learning that Marian is favoring Harris leads to tragic consequences.
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