A little-known artist, living in a loft in Soho, is obsessed with his beautiful neighbor across the street. Ben observes her as she comes and goes in her daily life. She never fails to chat up the elderly neighbors sitting on the stoop. Too shy and reclusive to ask her out, Ben watches and then paints her, from memory, again and again.
Suddenly the police are at his door. His goddess, his dream woman is dead and the police like him for the crime. But upon further investigation there are other suspects that are just as likely to have murdered her.
Detectives O’Roarke and Garcia sift through the forensics, motives and physical evidence and at first glance it seems that all the evidence points to this strange, young artist who is obsessed with the beautiful actress. But as the detectives immerse themselves in her lifestyle and daily routine, it turns out that the victim has more than one secret.
In the World of Murder series, Detectives Jack O’Roarke and Stella Garcia, two murder cops, seek out killers on the streets of New York City. Their investigations take them from the sleazy world of strip joints to Manhattan’s upper Eastside. Poor and rich alike, no one is exempt from murder. O’Roarke and Garcia are stars at NYPD with their careful forensic investigative skills and just plain, solid cop work.