This time out, Stansfield's Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd and colleague-girlfriend Inspector Judy Hill (The Murders of Mrs. Austin and Mrs. Beale, 1991, etc.) have two heavy cases to solve--a serial rapist is on the loose, and Sharon Smith, young secretary to law partners Lionel Evans and Simon Whitcomb, has been found strangled at the sports complex where a football game had been cut short by fog. Earlier, a clubhouse party was hosted there by flamboyant developer Jake Parker, who'd recently employed Sharon and helped get her the law firm job. Whitcomb's wife Melissa, features writer on a local paper, had discovered her husband's affair with Sharon and, in hurt and anger, has started one of her own with sportswriter Mac McDonald, who'd found Sharon's body. Lloyd's pet murder suspect is wiseguy motorcycle freak Colin Drummond, but Drummond's alibi seems ironclad--as does that of Jake Parker, who was in police custody at the crucial time, after a minor fracas at the football field. Timetables for everyone concerned are hashed and rehashed in numbing detail--until Judy gets the inspiration that cracks the case. Sensitive handling of personal relationships is overwhelmed by ingenious but tedious overkill on plot minutiae. Readable but far from riveting.