Exceptional Clearance

William J. Caunitz, Author Crown Publishing Group $20 (0p) ISBN 978-0-517-58485-9
A steaming witch's brew of a tale about a serial killer bent on revenge against the entire New York City police force, Caunitz's ( One Police Plaza ) latest blockbuster recipe combines his lifetime of police work with a hint of Hollywood, a helping of women's rights, a bit of bombing, a touch of Transylvania and a pinch of S & M. After a second young black woman is found with her throat ripped out, the NYPD appoints rogue-male Lieutenant John Vinda to head up a task force. The subsequent murder of a white Sutton Place heiress belies a racial motive and prompts protests by angry women's groups, leading to the addition of two female detectives to the task force. The discovery of a fourth body by a famous movie star in the dressing room of a ritzy Fifth Avenue salon turns the case into a media circus. The lady cops pull off some outrageous interrogation techniques amid right-on characterizations of New York types. Never mind that the plot is a little contrived or that the cops have apparently gone through sensitivity training or that the ending may be unintentionally humorous--this book is great entertainment. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
Hardcover - 352 pages - 978-0-7927-1322-7
Hardcover - 978-0-517-10978-6
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-679-40723-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 10 pages - 978-0-553-29660-0
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-679-42344-7
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