Jack Mann, the decent, fallible NY cop last seen retired in A Fine Line (1989), races in this prequel to save the life of D.A. (and aspiring mayor) Marvin Sanders, who's been put on the spot by Don Daniello Iennello. Jack senses that the threats against Sanders's life are connected to the killing of a mob informant in an East Side deli (the deli's owners were taken out too) and to the bafflingly suicidal attempt of Francis "Frankie-the-Fox" Catalbo to shoot his way out of the anti-mob Task Force's headquarters. But Jack doesn't know the connection is Tommy Day, the handsome detective assisgned by the Task Force to supervise Sanders's protection--and ordered by Iennello to kill him. As the witless Task Force chases wrong leads, Jack's friendship with smart-aleck weather-forecaster Bonnie Hudson helps him get through the last days of his wife Natalie's death from cancer. Familiar fare presented with wit, insight, and matchless panache.