Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Bloodstains
Date Finished: March 18, 2017
Follow the Clues step #18: from Road to Street
A dead body is discovered on a 23rd Street in New York City by a waitress on her way to her early-shift. A police homicide inspector somewhat spitefully assigns his hotshot young lieutenant, thinking a mundane dead bum will bring him down a notch. The murder turns out to be something more than that as the lieutenant works to identify the body and learn the motive for his killing. Various characters, civilian and police, become involved in the investigation, as the lieutenant races against the three-day deadline imposed by his inspector.
The murderers are revealed somewhat early to the reader, so the mystery is related more to how they will be brought to justice by the police. Many of the police hold grudges against the lieutenant and some do their best not to cooperate with him. This is much more a character study of the various people involved with this case, most of whom are bitter and depressed. The characters are well drawn and the action moves along quickly.