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Estremo insulto (87th Precinct #2)

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In convalescenza, dopo essere stato colpito da un colpo di rivoltella, Bert Kling dell'87° Distretto riceve la visita di un suo vecchio amico. Questi vuole che Bert si interessi della sua giovane e bella cognatina che negli ultimi tempi si comporta in modo strano. Ha inizio così, per lui, una lunga serie di disavventure. Nello stesso tempo, gli agenti Havilland e Willis ce ...more
Mass Market Paperback, I Classici del Giallo, n. 308, 187 pages
Published November 14th 1978 by Mondadori (first published 1956)
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James Thane
This is the second book in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series. McBain was still obviously feeling his way into the series at this point and was still very strongly committed to the idea of creating an ensemble cast of detectives and other police officers who would rotate in and out of the books, sometimes dying and otherwise disappearing just as real policemen would.

The central character in the first of the novels, Cop Hater, was a detective named Steve Carella, and in this book, McBain sends Car
Cop Hater had used a classic smoke-screen plot as an introduction to the series, with cops the victims of a killer who seemed out to get cops - a way of bringing my full (at the time) complement of cops onstage as both investigators and potential victims. Having set up the characters who would be around, more or less, in every book, I now wanted to experiment with my theory that the squadroom itself could function as a "hero", with different cops taking the spotlight in each book.
--Ed McBain, o
When Patrolman Kling, still recovering from the gunshot wound he received in the last book, is asked by an old pal to sniff out what's up with the buddy's teenage sister-in-law, he suspects something's wrong, but can't put his finger on the problem.

Meanwhile, the 87th looks for a bizarre mugger, a man who punches his female victims in the kisser before bowing and introducing himself.

One of these storylines was W-A-Y too predictable for me - (view spoiler)
This second book in Ed McBain's police procedural series shines more light on some of the other cops of the 87th Precinct while Steve Carella enjoys his Honeymoon with Teddy. A mugger with a curious MO and a penchant for violence is terrorising the women of Isola. Although Hal Willis is running the case, with help from Roger Havilland and Eileen Burke, the story tends to focus more on Bert Kling, a beat cop recovering from getting shot in the first book. An old friend asks him to talk some sense ...more
David Williams
Amazon has recently started reprinting the 87th Precinct series in both paperback and Kindle editions. In their promotional material I was intrigued by the statements from authors I admire, Stephen King foremost among them. You may or may night like Mr. King's novels, but he is a master of prose and understands good writing. When King says that McBain "taught a whole generation of baby boomers how to write stories that were not only entertaining, but that truthfully reflected the times and the c ...more
The second book in the 87th Precinct sequence had a tough act to follow but McBain did the wise thing and gave his world depth rather than sending the exact same character on another vendetta. This time it was even more of an ensemble effort which gave me great hope for the rest of the series.

As with the last book the ending was obvious from the beginning but the journey was the enjoyable part. The set up for the joke told by Meyer Meyer, (yes, that is a characters name) for example, is excellen
The 87th precinct is filled with wacky detectives -- and they're brave too. The female detective was mighty, but her part was handled with some 50s male stereotypes. The other views of the 50s rang true and are interesting -- especially salaries and prices. A good series.
Genre fiction, literary fiction, really doesn't matter what you're reading when you feel like it just couldn't have been done any better. The police procedural "The Mugger" is that kind of book. Plots seamlessly twist together, cops talk like cops and teenagers talk like teenagers, prose sings (example: "Autumn was a bold seductress on that late Monday afternoon..."). The novel was way too short, though. And while there are lots more in the series (50 written during the final ha ...more
Joe Hempel
In this second installment of the famed 87th Precinct series from Ed McBain, you start to get a better sense of the inner workings of the department, and a better sense of the demographic that makes up the city if Isola. One thing he strived to do with this series was to take a look at the department as a whole and not solely focus on just one person in his books. For this, Steve Carella takes a backseat and a patrolman, Bert Kling, whom you may remember getting shot in Cop Hater, comes to the f ...more
I've never read a book by Ed McBain, one of the pseudonyms of crime fiction author Evan Hunter, who died in 2005. When I had an opportunity to get this one for $1.99 through a special offer at, I read the description and it sounded interesting. Even though it's the second in a series featuring beat cop Bert Kling (who in future books gets promoted to detective), I hoped it would stand alone and I'd discover a great new series. In any event, at just 214 pages, I figured I could plow th ...more
Thomas Bruso
McBain's sharp writing is what propels THE MUGGER. Good characterization and cunning dialogue drive his characters to do wicked things. A beat up cop is on the trail of a man named Clifford, a persistent, deadly mugger on his own trail, stealing from innocent, vulnerable prostitutes and making them victims of unthinkable crimes.

Katherine Ellio is one of those women. And in the first chapter, the interaction between she and the detectives at 87th Precinct is wonderfully written. Trying to describ
Christine Blachford
It's a while ago that I read the first book in the 87th Precinct series, and I liked it so much that I snapped up quite a few of the rest of the series. It's taken me this long to get round to reading the second, but I liked it just as much as the first. There's a way McBain has of describing things that really make them take on a life of their own - I remember that from the first, it felt as though the city was just as much a character as the main protagonists.

This time, we've got a change in t
This book was of interest to me mostly for its historical perspective. It was published in 1956, the second in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series of police procedurals. It seemed very dated to me, even more so than the first in the series, Cop Hater, but, as I kept reminding myself, it was of its historical period and this is, I think, the way that male writers of thrillers or crime fiction wrote in the mid-20th century - with gender and racial stereotypes intact and unchallenged.

Even acknowledgin
The Mugger is the second book in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series, and it's a solid entry. My only complaint is that the solution to the central mystery seemed really obvious. On the other hand, it was obvious because it made sense and was fairly realistic, which is something that can't be said of a lot of mystery novels.
Luke Draeger
I've lost count of how many dollars I've sacrificed at the craps table of the "$1.00 Kindle ebook deal", but I can tell you the total is pretty large, and of all those dollars burned, I believe I've finished a total of two of the novels. Ed McBain's 87the Precinct novel would be the second of those two, and I'm happy to say that I finally rolled a winner!
At less than 200 pages, it's a short book, and it feels even shorter, thanks to McBain's riveting play-by-play. I let you do the reading to lea
I borrowed this book from Amazon Prime. I thought I had read all the Ed McBain books available, but I didn't remember this one. McBain is my favorite author bar none. I would read his grocery list if he'd published it. And there's one other small but unknown detail about Ed McBain very few people know. It is because of him that I met and spent 10 years with the man I thought I would marry. Back in the dark ages when the internet was still catching on, I met this man because we were both Ed McBai ...more
This is a crime novel that was written in the 1950s. The Mugger is very much of that era. It wasn’t bad, but it was—at least to someone born in the 70s and raised in the 80s—pretty ridiculous. The primary story is that of a squad of detectives trying to find a man who has been mugging and beating up women walking alone on the city streets. It’s standard stuff, just a straight procedural. The interesting thing is that the novel’s title and primary plot actually don’t really concern the protagonis ...more
Tony Gleeson
This was only the second entry in the 55-title "87th Precinct" series, and I honestly expected it to have the rough-hewn, still-developing quality of the first and third entries ("Cop Hater" and "Pusher"), not to mention to feel a bit dated, having been written in the mid 50s. The nicely taut and interesting plot, and the introduction and conscious development of characters who would figure throughout the series, came as a pleasant surprise. One of my favorite characters, the chronically unlucky ...more
Brenda Mengeling
The Mugger is a very well done police procedural written in mid-1950s by Ed McBain. It is the second in McBain's genre defining 87th Precinct series. For me, police procedurals are best when they emphasize the integrated work of the department as a whole rather than that of a single officer, and this book did that quite well. Although much of the detective work is done by one patrolman, Bert Kling, who isn't even supposed to be working on the case (he's a new patrolman who walks a beat), his off ...more
Ed McBain was in reality Evan Hunter, who was in reality Salvatore Albert Lombino; some editor told this young Italian kid from the Bronx that he’d sell more books under the Hunter name. And sell books he did, by the bushel. What he’s best known for is his 87th Precinct, a fictional police department in a fictional city (based on New York) that obeyed real police rules and regulations. Think Dragnet, with its “the story you are about to see is true” intro; the TV series was a huge influence on M ...more
Yes, this is a wonderful book. Well-written and humorous. Kling is approached by someone he once knew who asks him to talk to his sister-in-law, a 17-year old beauty who looks a lot like his wife use to. Patrolman Kling adamantly refused but something changed his mind. He visits the young lady, Jeannie, and she’s nothing if not rude to him. I like the way Kling asks her point blank what the matter with her is. He wants to know what the problem is with her and why the attitude.

There’s a mugger ar
This is a short, enjoyable, police procedural murder mystery. It was written in 1956, well be for the advent of modern CSI style investigation. The story is simple and linear following police officers as they pursue a serial mugger who identifies himself as "Clifford" and investigate the murder of a young woman.. The chapters are short. The character are interesting. Though, the length of the novel doesn't lend to much of an arc for the characters. I think the bulk of the character arcs come thr ...more
Peter Savage
Fairly basic police procedural. Mostly taut and fast with some fine descriptions of the fictional city. Some of the dialogue feels forced; perhaps a contemporary view of fifties' patois on my part. Interested to see how the series and the characters develop in the ensuing editions. A good read.
Like a very good movie, this short novel can be read in one sittings. It is a well-rendered, extremely competent noir that depicts an ensemble of cops as they try to catch a serial mugger and a murderer, who may or may not be the same person. It is set in the fictional 87th precinct of a fictional city that could only be New York, populated by the standard cast of lowlifes, street characters, good looking women, sailors looking for a good time and the like. As a mystery, it is not extraordinary ...more
Glad I decided to try these 87th Precinct books. Interesting to see how cops were portrayed back in the 50's.
I really struggled, getting through this novel. I've read 2 other 87th precinct novels, loved them.
Lady Marielle
If you like police stories, this is a great choice.
The second 87th Precinct book picks up right where the first one left off, although the crime this time is a little less interesting (A mugger? In NYC? Say it ain't so!) and the prose is a lot more purple.

There is a murder wrapped in there, which is investigated by patrolman Bert Kling (a minor character who got shot in book #1). His part of the story is a bit more captivating, although the clumsy romantic aspects reminded me of the corniest pulp fiction.

Still, it was an easy read, and the stri
Aaron Martz
A highly-entertaining and quick read. It further develops some of the regulars of the 87th precinct, including the rookie Bert Kling and the bad-tempered Roger Havilland, who interrogates with his fists. The plot involves a series of muggings by a man who introduces himself to his victims as Clifford. The clue they use to finally catch their man is pretty lame - right out of a TV movie of the week - but up until the climax, the book is involving and, as usual, packed with enough details to be wo ...more
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Ed McBain is a pseudonym of Evan Hunter, who was born and raised as Salvatore Lombino in New York City, living in East Harlem until the age of 12, at which point his family moved to the Bronx. He attended Olinville Junior High School, then Evander Childs High School, before winning an Art Students League scholarship. Later, he was admitted as an art student at Cooper Union.

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