When Mary O'Grady, one of Eastbridge's most prominent and politically powerful socialities, is murdered, it is discovered she has been running a call girl service and, surprisingly, one name on her list of clients is Commissioner Scali!
As Halloween approaches, a heart is cut bom the body of a corpse at a funeral home. Because of a local history of tainted trick-or-treat candy, concerned Eastbridge parents pressure Tony to protect their children from the suspect, an eccentric recluse.
Tony, distraught when it appears that Phil Reid, one of his best men, may be targeted for revenge by a dangerous escaped convict, is further upset when he discovers that Phil's family harbors a dark secret.
There's a rapist attacking women. One of them gives a very good description of the man. Tony eventually finds him but learns he is a diplomat and has diplomatic immunity. Tony tries to get the Ambassador to sign his immunity away but it's not going to be easy. He also has to deal with the baby constantly crying.
Tony is concerned when a known mobster who claims to be retired moves to Eastbridge. He tries to get a dock permit but when he is rejected the son of the man who decides on permits is framed for a crime he didn't commit. Obviously the mobster framed him to get his father to change his mind, but Tony tries to prove the son's innocence so he doesn't have to give in.
Tony's new car is stolen. He later is informed that a mental patient named Arlo Manno has escaped from a mental hospital and he wants to do some things that could endanger people like flying a plane, perform surgery and be a police officer. Sure enough he took a plane and crashed it. Trouble with finding him is that he is a virtual chameleon who assumes so many identities. Later Tony learns he might have kidney stones so he goes into the hospital.