In New York: Tracking a Murder Suspect

The hunter: Detective William Majeski, 36, of Manhattan's Ninth Precinct. The hunted: Jack Henry Abbott, 37, ex-con (bank robbery and murder), protege of Norman Mailer, and overnight literary sensation with the publication of his prison memoirs, In the Belly of the Beast. They came into conflict, unseen opponents, shortly before dawn on July 18. Answering a call for police help in the East Village, Majeski arrived to find the body of an aspiring actor named Richard Adan lying in the street. Adan, 22, had been stabbed after an argument that began in the restaurant where he worked nights.

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