It’s Christmas Eve in New York and some men in hooded monks’ robes and plastic masks of the face of Jesus Christ have just pulled off a spectacular robbery of the historic church downtown where George Washington worshipped, getting away with tens of millions of dollars in jewelry and cash and also killing fifteen of the congregation. 

The first detective on the scene, quite by accident, is Lieutenant Amos Freeman, on his way home to Brooklyn after buying presents for the wife he no longer loves, and after stopping by his favorite haunt, Big Dot’s Jungle Bar, for a few drinks (or as Big Dot often says, “a few too many”). 

With a half bottle of George Dickel under his belt, Freeman stumbles onto the scene at Broadway and Wall, but always a pro, she snaps into high gear, quickly assuming command of a chaotic situation, and in the process, making a big impression on a furious Mayor Frederick Lindstadt, who had been mocked and humiliated by the robbers for being not only short and bald, but helpless while among the well-heeled social elite in the Trinity congregation. 

When the TV crews bear down and police brass arrive to take charge, Amos Freeman, not a big fan of police department politics, melts into the background. 


After the spectacular Christmas Eve robbery of Trinity Church by some men in hooded monks’ robes and plastic masks of the face of Jesus Christ, Amos Freeman is surprised to get a call from a mayor’s aide telling him to be at Gracie Mansion at 2 p.m. 

Lindstadt has the top political and police honchos at Gracie Mansion to organize the investigation. But he surprises them (as well as Freeman) when he plucks Freeman out of NYPD obscurity, appointing him as his personal liaison officer to Operation Trinity. 

As she delves into the investigation, deeper and deeper, Amos’s life is pulled apart by different forces: his dead-end marriage, the tension on the job, and now by an assignment the mayor will not let him turn down – a job that tosses him into the unsavory stew of conflicting (and hidden) agendas among the power elite of New York City’s political leaders, police department bosses, Episcopal Church hierarchy and Wall Street financiers. 
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Amos’s personal life continues to spiral out of control.

Then, when the media expose Amos as the unlikely hero uncovering clues revealing who the robbers are, he suddenly finds that, as in a bad nightmare, instead of running from him, the killers are instead coming after him, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. 

It’s only near the end of his long, anguished journey to catch up with the Trinity Church robbers that Amos Freeman realizes just how much his personal life has had to do with the trail of blood that brings this riveting story to its sudden, shattering climax. 

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