Author: Tom Lewis, Year: 1981
The lurid promise of a psychopath stalking kids in NYC and leaving their corpses on rooftops was what lured me to this book. What I got, rather than a straight forward psycho-on-the-loose story, was more of a focus on a young, idealistic cop trying to catch the killer before his next mess, falling in love, and confronting a terrorist bloc, as well as the corrupt forces that arm them for a fee. Turns out, the book is all the better for it.
A fast read with more than enough surprises to keep the reader engaged, author Tom Lewis also gives enough depth to each victim to create impact, and he populates the book with people – Black, Puerto Rican – that are still underrepresented in genre fiction today. Worth seeking out.