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A bit dated but still a good read
on 13 June 2014
After reading "The Mugger", the 2nd in the 87th Precinct series, which didn't feature Steve Carella at all, it was great to read this, the third in the series. While The Mugger was a good read, somehow there was some key element lacking without Carella, and so it was great so see him back in the series in a "starring" role. The story was good, although some of the hoodlum element in the story feels a little "West Side Story," but then this was written in the fifties and society has moved on. What was quite impressive about this story is the very intense light shined on a character's personal life and probably the first time the series really honed in on personal tragedies/crises suffered by the cast, a trend that would pop up occasionally through the series. Not the most elaborate plot but the personal crises of characters in the 87th lifts it above the ordinary.