Investment manager Peter Tyler’s wife is murdered and Restitution?s ordinary-guy hero is the prime suspect; he’s gotta solve the case to save his own skin.
Not the wife’s (it’s only referred to), but there is a description of breaking a puppy’s neck.
First-time suspenser Lee Vance too often substitutes plots-within-plots (art scams! embezzlement! pharmaceutical-company scandal!) for genuine action. B-