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BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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FAT OLLIE’S BOOK by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A neatly turned pair of cases leavened by some obvious but very funny satire of cop novels, including McBain's own (Money, Money, Money, 2001, etc.), courtesy of some extended peeks at Ollie's opus."
Detective Oliver Wendell Weeks, the "equal-opportunity bigot" of the 88th Precinct who thinks of himself as "discerning," gets his own case when someone assassinates Isola City Councilman Lester Henderson as his crew's setting up a political rally inside Martin Luther King Memorial Hall. Read full book review >

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MARY, MARY by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 1993

"Terrific courtroom patter, but by case's end most readers will declare a mistrial."
Did retired schoolteacher Mary Barton go on a three-day killing spree, murdering and mutilating three young girls and then burying them in her garden in the dead of night? Read full book review >

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DOWNTOWN by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 11, 1991

"Ramshackle plotting toward the end, as usual with recent McBains, but still slick and professionally funny—a real grabber."
McBain lays off the 87th Precinct for a zany Christmas adventure that takes off like a nuclear-powered roller coaster: hick Florida orange-grower Michael Barnes, looking to catch the last plane out of Manhattan after a business trip, gets hustled by a pair of sharpies, then, minus his driver's license, turns his car over to a movie producer who ditches him and drives it away, and then, leaving the police station where he's reported his bad luck, gets held up by a masked Chinese gunman who leads him, when they're both chased by a police officer in lingerie (don't ask), to a high-stakes crapshoot. 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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TRANSGRESSIONS by Ed McBain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"McBain himself doesn't quite make the point, but the best of these performances do: The novella, once called the novelette, may be the ideal form for most crime fiction, if only there were a market for it."
What's a novella? McBain says, 10,000 to 40,000 words—and adds, "It ain't easy." Read full book review >

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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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NOCTURNE by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 1997

"But if shaggy storytelling doesn't bother you (here the whole 87th gets upstaged by the 88th), his 47th tour of Isola is as exuberant as his best."
Steve Carella and Cotton Hawes have pulled the night shift, so they're on call when long-retired concert pianist Svetlana Dyalovich gets drilled twice inside her apartment door. Read full book review >

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GLADLY THE CROSS-EYED BEAR by Ed McBain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 1996

"Irresistible."
Matthew Hope has sufficiently recovered from his near-fatal shooting (There Was a Little Girl, 1994, etc.) to take on a copyright-infringement case for Elaine Commins, who swears that Gladly, the cross-eyed bear she's designed for her brand-new firm, Just Kidding, wasn't developed while she was working for Brett and Etta Toland of Toyland. Read full book review >

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WIDOWS by Ed McBain
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Released: Jan. 28, 1990

Another 87th Precinct procedural from the prolific, proficient McBain—whose penchant for lurid tales of sexual obsession is on display in the central, not-very-satisfying murder mystery. Read full book review >