This killer is an expert. He has climbed ten stories in the Manhattan blackout, found and dispatched his victim amidst the men and women trapped in the building. The night drags on. Nerves wear thin and inhibitions disappear. Anyone, including a beautiful secretary with a yen for eye-patched Tim Corrigan, could be the lurking killer. Suddenly, out of the dark, a deadly hand strikes at Corrigan....
In one darkened corner of the office, a strait-laced
spinster was giggling like a girl as an office Milquetoast made a grab for her. Across the
room, two arch-enemies were drunkenly toasting their newborn friendship. And a sexy little
secretary was passing out in the arms of a silver-haired executive.
Ghost-written by Richard Deming.
Last of the series, and according to Nevins also by far the finest. The
number of editions and translations seem to attest to that fact.
A philandering accountant is murdered in his office on the 21st floor of a high-rise tower a few minutes before the great East Coast power failure in the fall of 1965. When the lights go out, Corrigan and Baer are stranded on an island in the sky with the corpse still on the floor, an array of suspects trapped with them, and no chance of technical help from the NYPD. As the long night drags on, the killer strikes again. Deming exploits this fascinating premise to the hilt and caps it with a surprise solution marked by strict fairness to the reader, so that one might almost believe it was the work of Dannay and Lee. (Nevins)
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