Emma Bowles, wife of successful businessman Martin Bowles, discovers that her life is in danger. To ease her mind, Martin hires Denker, an out-of-town bodyguard, to protect her from harm. But when she suffers two near-fatal accidents on Denker’s watch, she does the only sensible thing a damsel in distress can do: she calls on the detectives of the 87th precinct.
Detectives Steve Carella and Meyer Meyer are quickly suspicious of the entire setup—and of Denker in particular. Meanwhile, the dramatic events surrounding the murder of Carella’s father are finally revealed. Torn between personal tragedy and his day-to-day job, Carella struggles to find an attempted murderer while he desperately searches for the solace he needs to carry on.
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