New York Police Sergeant Marian Larch feels blue. Her personal life is heading toward a crisis, and her professional life is a disaster. She refuses to work again with her incompetent partner, and she has lost all respect for her irresponsible boss. She wants out. Leaving the force is an appealing option, but, meanwhile, what Marian needs is a new assignment in a new precinct. That's what she gets, at least temporarily, when her longtime friend, Broadway actress Kelly Ingram, requests her help. Kelly has more to worry about than opening-night jitters. Somebody is sneaking backstage and stealing mostly unimportant memorabilia associated with Kelly's new play, The Apostrophe Thief. Missing items, such as shoes, a mug, and scripts, would seem to have little resale value. Such petty crime hardly merits a detective of Marian's rank and experience, but she's just the right person when the annoying incidents suddenly escalate into murder. Marian soon discovers that some collectors of theatrical trinkets take their hobby very seriously indeed. And somebody among the cast and crew may be traitorously involved in the intrigue. With occasional help from her mysterious friend, former FBI agent Curt Holland, who would like nothing better than for Marian to quit the force, and with some timely assistance from versatile policewoman Gloria Sanchez, Marian pulls the curtain on a surprising killer.
Original title: The Apostrophe Thief
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Police Procedural