A songbird is silenced ... by murder.With her soulful voice and delicate beauty, Starr Hendrix seemed destined to live up to her name and hit it big as a jazz singer. But her career ended before it began, and Mali's father offered Starr a second chance by giving her top billing as singer for his popular jazz band's latest show. Mali isn't surprised when Starr doesn't show but everyone is shocked when the troubled woman is found savagely murdered....The prime suspect is a low-life pimp with a grudge against Starr. But then the pimp stops a bullet and everyone suspects Starr's devastated father of exacting his own revenge. Mali vows to use her experience as a former cop to find the real killer. Her search will take her in and out of the three B's of Harlem: the beauty shops, barbershops, and the bars. But it will also lead Mali directly into the path of a killer one who, if not stopped, will almost surely strike again....From the Paperback edition.