Kolchak leaves Updyke and Vincenzo at a hotel press gathering to investigate a homicide. Kolchak learns that this victim is one of many murder victims who have had their hearts cut out. After a woman military officer is killed, Kolchak investigates her involvement with the hotel. While in the basement, he finds a mummy and a picture of a man in Aztec costume. After investigating, Kolchak learns that there have been five heart murders dating back every 52 years in other cities involving the owner of the same hotels, whose family just happens to come from Mexico. An Aztec cult, which follows an evil Aztec god and its high priest, kills five people every fifty two years to recharge the high priest until the millenium. When the millenium comes, the evil god can gain control of the earth. Kolchak learns that four sacrifices are murders and one sacrifice is voluntary. The volunteer, Pepe Torres, is treated like a god for a year and then sacrificed. To stop the ritual, Kolchak must find the highest staircase in Chicago. This is a neat kind of story. There is a little terror and some humor. Like always.
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