cover image Vespers


Ed McBain. Avon Books, $5.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-380-70385-2

In this 87th Precinct police procedural, detectives Carella and Hawes sort through suspects and conflicting stories in their investigation of a priest's murder. The solution to this ``bizarre and gripping novel,'' enthused PW, `` reverberates with the shocks of totally unexpected disclosures.'' (Feb.)