In this city, you can get anything done
for a price. If you want someone's eyeglasses smashed, it'll
cost you a subway token. You want his fingernails pulled out?
His legs broken? You want him hurt so bad he's an invalid
his whole life? You want him ...killed? Let me talk to someone.
It can be done.
The hanging death of a nondescript old
man in a shabby little apartment in a meager section of the
87th Precinct is nothing much in this city, especially to
detectives Carella and Meyer. But everyone has a story, and
this old man's story stood to make some people a lot of money.
His story takes Carella, Meyer, Brown, and Weeks on a search
through the citys seedy strip clubs and to the bright
lights of the theater district. There they discover an upcoming
musical with ties to a mysterious drug and a killer who stays
until the last dance.