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Marilyn StasioAlong with his bleak sermon on the collapse of urban civilization, the author delivers the rest of the goods: wired action scenes, dialogue that breathes, characters with heart and characters who eat those hearts, and glints of unforgiving humor. And this time, besides the usual masterly display of police procedures, there is also the grim pleasure of watching the criminal court at work. Call it Isola or call it hell, Ed McBain owns this turf.
— The New York Times