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When a bodyguard is hired to protect a successful businessman’s wife, the detectives of the 87th Precinct are brought in to investigate why she has two near-fatal accidents on his watch.

“The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century.” — Pete Hamill, Newsday

“McBain has the ability to make every character believable — which few writers these days can do.” — Associated Press

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Overview

When a bodyguard is hired to protect a successful businessman’s wife, the detectives of the 87th Precinct are brought in to investigate why she has two near-fatal accidents on his watch.

“The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century.” — Pete Hamill, Newsday

“McBain has the ability to make every character believable — which few writers these days can do.” — Associated Press

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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
Along 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
Kirkus Reviews
McBain's new 87th Precinct installment, less ambitiously multi-plotted than some recent entries, has just two very different narratives, delivered in alternating chunks. Plot One, picking up where Widows (1991) left off, is the trial of the psychopath-punk who killed Detective Steve Carella's old baker-father in a brutal holdup. Although not completely convincing in some of its courtroom details, and a bit crude in its attempt to echo recent news events involving racial tension, this is solid, plain, streetwise McBain—familiar but effective in dramatizing law-and-order issues. Plot Two is a sex-triangle melodrama, initially intriguing but ultimately irritating and artificial in the made-for-cable-TV (not HBO) manner. Someone is trying to kill rich, beautiful Emma Bowles. Is it her stockbroker- husband? And can she trust the handsome private eye her husband has hired to "protect" her? The outcome, which involves sleazy, illicit romance and a contrived twist, is neither surprising nor satisfying. In sum: so-so McBain, with too much attempted glitz and not enough old-fashioned personality and legwork. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for April)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612181721
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: 87th Precinct Series , #0
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Evan Hunter, the author who as Ed McBain virtually invented the American police procedural with his gritty 87th Precinct series featuring an entire detective squad as its hero, died in 2005 at his home in Weston, Conn. He was 78.
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