Tough times for Anne Gillman, Manhattan's first female D.A.: What looks like a bungled robbery turned homicidal just might be a carefully planned murder whose investigator, chief homicide detective Charley Stenten, is smitten with the suspicious widow; the corpse of a serial romancer-killer's next-to-latest victim turns up days too late for the not-guilty verdict; the morning after Anne's secret lover, Lieutenant John Holland, warns new crime boss Roy Clayton that the old bosses have threatened his life, several old-guard stalwarts and their lieutenants turn up missing; and rumors of a rogue cop feeding Clayton inside info turn into a plot to discredit Anne and Holland. Whew. Old-pro Chastain (the Perry Mason series; Nightscape, etc.) shuffles his boxcars so dexterously--two of Anne's cases hook up in a surprising twist--that many fans of the George Gideon stories will forgive writing as perfunctory as a Hollywood screen treatment.