Search Results: "Ed McBain"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST BEST HOPE by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 25, 1998

"Lacking the sustained tension of Hope's last two cases (Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear, 1996, etc.), this one works best as an ebullient lightweight."
It's no trouble for Matthew Hope to find Jill Lawton's departed husband Jack, even though Matthew won't be able to serve him with divorce papers and an alimony suit after all, since Jack is dead—killed on a nearby beach, a long way from his last sighting up north, only a few hours after Jill first hires Matthew. Read full book review >

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SO NUDE, SO DEAD by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2015

"Although Ray's wild adventures seem to get less stressful as they go along, McBain already has voice and tone well in hand in this treasurable blast from the past, which looks forward in fascinating ways to the first part of Candyland (2001). Disgraced private eye Matt Cordell headlines a bonus story focusing on another hopeless addict."
This pulpy 1952 first novel by the future creator of the 87th Precinct (Fiddlers, 2005, etc.) traces three nightmare days in the life of an addict on the run.Read full book review >

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ROMANCE by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 1995

"Skip this one and pray the real McBain escapes from wherever in Isola the bad guys are holding him. (Author tour)"
McBain's densely textured procedurals (And All Through the House, 1994, etc.) have made him a national treasure, but his latest 87th Precinct novel—the 46th in the series—offers no more than what you'd expect from lesser mortals: a niggardly plot and a half. Read full book review >

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LEARNING TO KILL by Ed McBain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2006

"A fascinating look into the workshop that produced McBain."
One last gift to fans saddened by Evan Hunter's recent death: a roundup of 25 stories from 1952-57, when he was first transforming himself into Ed McBain. Read full book review >

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ALICE IN JEOPARDY by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"It's pure pleasure watching all these meddling well-wishers fall into their appointed places in McBain's well-oiled plot. The procedural king makes the whole caper look so easy you wonder why all suspense novels aren't this slick."
McBain takes a week away from the 87th Precinct (Hark!, p. 607) for a kidnapping in Florida without Matthew Hope or any of his regulars. Read full book review >

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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 25, 1994

"It's a rare pleasure seeing such an old pro still taking the kind of chances that would sink a writer with less nerve."
After Matthew Hope (Mary, Mary, 1993, etc.) is critically shot in the opening sentences, his extended Florida family—his PI Warren Chambers, Chambers's own op Toots Kiley, and Calusa police detective Morris Bloom—retrace his steps for the last few days before the shooting looking for clues, and find that Hope's last client had been George Steadman, eager to acquire a 30-acre parcel to use as winter quarters for his circus. Read full book review >

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CUT ME IN by Ed McBain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"As a bonus, fans can savor 'Now Die in It,' a moody, overwrought 35-page case for disgraced detective Matt Cordell, who also headlined the story appended to So Nude, So Dead (2015). If this sounds like your cup of bourbon, it most definitely is."
Another vintage case from the days in the early 1950s before McBain created the 87th Precinct and broke away from the pack. Read full book review >

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DRIVING LESSONS by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Unlike the subpar stories in McBain's latest collection (below), this intense tale of love and betrayal is plotted and paced just right."
From the brisk urban world of Isola's 87th Precinct, McBain shifts to River Close, where conscientious homeowners clip chrysanthemums and rake leaves beneath the suburban sun. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DANCE by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 2000

Cynthia Keating says she found her father, Andrew Hale, dead in his bed. Read full book review >

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CANDYLAND by Evan Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2001

"An offbeat collaboration, but the lack of resonance between its two parts undercuts the fine writing."
If two mystery writers can collaborate under one name—as Dannay and Lee did as Ellery Queen—why can't one writer team up with his pseudonymous self in an offering that displays the full range of his talent? Read full book review >

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HARK! by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 4, 2004

"If you can buy the premise that a master criminal would spend a whole week taunting the cops about an upcoming score, you can't do better than McBain."
Like a long-dormant volcano, the Deaf Man, left for dead at the end of Mischief (1993), is back to make more trouble for the officers of the 87th Precinct. Read full book review >

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THE FRUMIOUS BANDERSNATCH by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Does anybody need a reason to start reading this venerable series now? If you do, try this: It's the freshest 48-year-old in town."
The latest challenge for the boys of the 87th Precinct is the kidnapping of a rising rock star. Read full book review >