A serial killer stalks New York.
Dubbed “The Daily Killer” by the tabloids, the murderer attacks six times in six days, leaving 15 dead, including tots in cribs. The victims seem to have nothing in common. Some were black, some white, some Latino. Some were drunks, others were staid and family-oriented. They shared no hobbies, friends or church affiliations. Murray, captain of NYPD Homicide, puts Detective Deke Durgess on the case. Durgess, who talks like a thug, thinks outside the box and prefers to work without a partner, is displeased when the FBI is called in and he’s paired with agent Kurt “Ku-Jo” Joseph, from the Serial Murder Profiling Squad. They look for leads. No luck. They play hunches. No luck. When they finally zero in on a possible perp, he eludes them, but their efforts to corral him lead to someone else—and to two more deaths, one undeserved and one, though illegal, that may leave you cheering.
First-novelist Cardieri, a longtime district superintendent in the Department of Sanitation, goes into overdrive describing dead bodies but stalls out on character and plot development.