Cacophony specialist Oster (Club Dead, Saint Mike, Nowhere Man, etc.) again jump-cuts several storylines--not to mention stream-of-consciousnesses--for a New York-style Hill Street Blues. Here, he introduces Sgts. Cullen (street savvy) and Zimmerman (all high-tech talk) and the intersecting tales of the torching of the Raleigh, a derelict tenement; the murder of N.Y.C.'s Police Commissioner Charles Story (Mr. Perfect: bright, rich, noble, etc.), who was found with a bullet in his heart, his severed finger rammed down his throat and the word ""Raleigh"" defacing his ever-so-muted walls; and ""the Dean thing,"" a scandal involving police officer Deborah Dean and a department higher-up. Story's sister, movie star Vera Evans, returns for the funeral, preceded by her look-alike secretary; Story's wife and daughter seem to be hiding something; and his old junior-high buddy, Tom Valentine, a welfare activist, lost his fiancâ€še in the Raleigh fire and was the last person to see him alive. Cullen, their other school pal and the unrequited lover of Vera, tracks down another eye-witness, who saw a woman leave from the back door. And in the midst of much hyperbole, subtle-as-neon dialogue, and gruesome cops-on-the-job descriptions, everything comes together, thanks to this year's hottest motive: incest. Vivid, energetic, and viscerally explicit, but the plot's as rigged as a three-card monte game.