The protagonist is Captain Edward X. Delaney, now retired NYPD Chief of Detectives, who is asked by the current Chief to investigate a high-profile murder of a well-loved psychiatrist. That serves Delaney’s purpose as well, which is to keep his mind engaged in such thought-requiring endeavors. In this case, a New York psychiatrist is brutally murdered and there are six suspects – the psychiatrist’s six patients.
I found the dialog stilted and unrealistic, and the retired Captain’s home situation odd. His wife was murdered years ago, and he is now married to the wife of a man whose murder Delaney investigated also years ago.
It dragged on with too many expositions of what the man was thinking and how he was going about the investigation. In addition, the police help assigned to him were instructed to get to know the six suspects by claiming to be something else, thereby conning them into revealing more about themselves. I doubt that the police investigators actually do this. Very weird. Also, Delaney’s screwball quasi psychological explanation of the motivation of the killer was just ridiculous.
An OK mystery, about 150 pages too long, but it did evoke the Manhattan of the 80s, which was nice.
In case you are not up on your Deadly Sins, the fourth is Envy.