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Even after more than 50 novels in the entertaining 87th Precinct series, Ed McBain proves he can still deliver the goods in this, vital, insightful, and timely tale that satirizes everything from fat-cat politicians to the glam music industry.
Rising young hip-hop star Tamar Valparaiso is reenacting her latest music video (in which she fends off a would-be abductor from a Lewis Carroll poem), when -- in an ironic "life imitates art" twist -- two kidnappers snatch her from the yacht where she's performing and escape via speedboat. Soon steadfast cop Steve Carella is on the case, aided by fellow 87th Precincters Ollie Weeks and Cotton Hawes. Although the FBI interferes at every turn, the true "villains" are the voracious media and a desensitized public willing to turn someone's anguish into a three-ring circus. McBain's breezy, entertaining style and storytelling skills -- which have, if possible, only strengthened over the years -- make this a consistently winning series with a likable cast of characters who seem like old friends. It's a testament to the author's craftsmanship that no single element or plotline outweighs any other; all contribute equally to the perfect blend and balance of the novel. With this amusing entry, McBain shows us just why he's the undisputed master of the field. Tom Piccirilli