By Ed McBain
During this nice novel set in and round a NYC police stationhouse, Steve Carella unearths how brutal homicide circumstances converge via twist of fate in a startling and savage end.
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Bert Kling was in love. It was not a good time of the year to be in love. It is better to be in love when flowers are blooming and balmy breezes are wafting in off the river, and strange animals come up to lick your hand. There’s only one good thing about being in love in March, and that’s that it’s better to be in love in March than not to be in love at all, as the wise man once remarked. Bert Kling was madly in love. He was madly in love with a girl who was twenty-three years old, fullbreasted and wide-hipped, her blond hair long and trailing midway down her back or sometimes curled into a honey conch shell at the back of her head, her eyes a cornflower blue, a tall girl who came just level with his chin when she was wearing heels.
I don’t know any Mr. Orecchio,” the voice said. ” Fuzz 59 “It’s Mrs. Malloy, and I don’t know any Mr. ” “Mrs. ” “Would you happen to know if Mr. ” “I don’t know who Mr. ” “Don’t get me in trouble,” she said. ” Polly Malloy was wearing a pale green cotton wrapper. The wrapper had short sleeves. Hawes saw the hit marks on her arms the moment she opened the door, and the hit marks explained a great deal about the woman who was Polly Malloy. She was perhaps twenty-six years old, with a slender youthful body and a face that would have been pretty if it were not so clearly stamped with knowledge.
Ever since Carella could remember, the police had been waging an unremitting war against this city’s vagrants, arresting them, jailing them, releasing them, arresting them again, on and on ad infinitum. So now the police had been presented with two benefactors who were generously attempting to rid the streets of any and all bums Fuzz 41 by setting them aflame, and what did the police do? The police promptly dispatched a valuable man to a cold dark alley to lie on his side facing a dirty snowbank while hoping to catch the very fellows who were in charge of incinerating bums.