When blind Albert Fuchs and his dog Elizabeth are shot to death in their Hell's Kitchen apartment, neighbor Sally Tepper is distraught. Sally is a slightly raveled out-of-work actress, part-time cashier, and dog-lover who keeps five strays, fights greedy landlords, and is unloved by her neighbors--except for Albert, who was her steadfast friend. But Sally knows little about Albert or his bizarre secret life--tied to the special kills of Elizabeth--or about the source of the small fortune he leaves her. After five years, she doesn't know much either about her street-vendor lover, Jack Troy. However, in the aftermath of Albert's death and the killing of one of her own dogs, Sally discovers Jack's infidelity, his undercover role in the I.R.A., and a connection between his mistress and the murder of Albert. She also has an affair with policeman Thomas Hughs, and through him meets a minor local thief named Digger--whom she uses in a one-woman attempt to find the answers to some bewildering questions. The windup is fast, furious, and only partly predictable. More fun than King's recent output (Raya, etc.)--with a plot barely credible but intriguing, as well as a heroine who emerges as a quirky but likable yo-yo and a good candidate for future appearances.