When the stench coming from Hobart Penny’s apartment is bad enough to cause a neighbor to call the police department, Lieutenant Decker isn’t surprised to find that Mr Penny has shuffled this mortal coil. The live tiger in the apartment is a different challenge.
This leads to one of Decker’s most bizarre cases. The live tiger is just the tip of the iceberg as Decker delves into what becomes a cold case of murder as well as the fresh one. Complicating life is the challenge of raising a young piano prodigy with his love for a underage girl and her overprotective mother.
Decker handles both the challenges with his usual aplomb, but it’s beginning to tell on him. Is he ready to retire?