When writing as Lesley Egan, who covers the Glendale Police Dept. beat, Linington-Shannon usually permits one case to dominate the regular police. blotter merry-go-round. Here it's the scissors stabbing of wheel-chaired old Mrs. Endicott, whose tepid son is a third-rate, part-time fundamentalist preacher and whose daughter-in-law Eileen is a washed-out orphan tormented by dreams, blackouts, and--now--the fear that it was she who killed the bigoted, insufferable invalid. However, Delia Riordan is on the case--Glendale's not-very-welcome first woman detective--and she proves both her competence and her, dare we say it, woman's intuition by clearing poor Eileen. For those who like their cops to be real choirboys and girls--thou canst not go wrong.