It’s murder for two in this Harry Stark novel. With lone wolf Harry on one case and his lover, Carol Weems, on another, it becomes a race to see which of the detectives will be first to come up with a solution. Bodies and suspects abound in both cases, as an unsolved crime is revisited, and on the trail of a violent jewel robber Stark encounters an old enemy.
The cast of characters is back in action, joined by a young constable, as liberal and “progressive” as Stark is traditional and hidebound. But there are still the familiar mellow sounds of Morty Greenwood’s piano in Carbo’s, the aroma of Stark’s Gauloises cigarettes and Sid Holtzman’s cigars, the tinkle of the ice in Stark’s Scotch and the feathery brush across your eyelids of the tail of Powder, Stark’s closet cat.