The Deaf Man is back... Gloria Stanford was very sexy, very rich and very, very dead. Found in her plush, city apartment, she had been shot twice in hart, and her credit card and ID were taken. It's only when the 87th Precinct's Steve Carella starts to receive bizarre cryptic notes that he realises that something bigger than a simple homicide is going on. It seems that the Deaf Man is back, a notorious crook and killer from years before. Long thought dead, he's back on the loose and wants to make it big... the question is : what's he after?