In Ed McBain's latest 87th-Precinct thriller, Detective Steve Carella must track down a killer who's systematically rubbing out all the city's graffiti artists, leaving each victim mischievously splashed with paint-and blood. Foul play takes another form when an old nemesis, The Deaf Man, taunts Carella and the eight-seven with fiddling clues to solving a crime-or crimes-not yet committed. Given what he's deduced from the prankish perpetrator, Carella strongly suspects the crime will take place during a free rock and rap concert scheduled for the city's largest park. As Carella and Brown try desperately to second guess him-The Deaf Man meticulously puts together a plan to carry off a multi-million dollar coup. Soon Carella finds himself racing against time in a game of wits that could leave the city reeling under an onslaught of dirty tricks from one of the underworld's masters of criminal mischief.