The First Deadly Sin (Edward X. Delaney, book 2) by Lawrence SandersSign in. Watch now. Title: The First Deadly Sin Police detective Joe Leland investigates the murder of a gay man. While investigating, he discovers links to official corruption in New York City in this drama that delves into a world of sex and drugs.
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The movie is based on the novel of the same name written by Lawrence Sanders. The screenplay was written by Mann Rubin. The film was originally slated to be directed by Roman Polanski , who was dropped by Columbia Pictures after statutory rape charges were brought against him. Director Brian G. Hutton took over the production after Polanski fled to France. The last of nine films produced by Sinatra, and his final starring role , he plays a troubled New York City homicide cop, Captain Edward X. In a small role, Dunaway is the detective's ailing wife, hospitalized during the entire story with a rare kidney affliction.