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Candyland

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  331 ratings  ·  25 reviews
For the first time Evan Hunter and Ed McBain, two extraordinary and diverse talents, fuse to form a brilliant and powerful novel of two halves
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Orion Publishing Group (first published December 1st 2000)
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Barbara ★
This is a book in two parts with two authors. The first part by Evan Hunter is awful and I wouldn't read another Evan Hunter novel. Ben Thorpe, a traveling architect, is a psychotic/neurotic (not sure which one) who is a raving sex fiend. In every city he travels to, he has a girl or two (or three) ready and willing to help him out and if not there are always prostitutes available. Most of the book is a stream of consciousness kinda like diarrhea of the brain. I found Ben and this part of the bo ...more
Eric_W
Evan Hunter (The Blackboard Jungle) and Ed McBain (The 87th Precinct police procedurals) are one and the same, so it’s perhaps unusual that the two would collaborate on this compulsive novel of obsession. Writing as Hunter (his real name) the first part follows Benjamin Thorpe, a successful Los Angeles architect in New York for an opening. Thorpe has a problem. He’s obsessed with sex (a warning to those who can’t handle it – the novel gets graphic — now that remark should raise our circulation s ...more
John

A friend lent me this so I'll do things better the next time I write a McBain homage. (To be honest, I don't like rewalking paths I've trod before, so The City in These Pages (GRATUITOUS PLUG) is going to be it for the McBain homages . . . unless, of course, someone waves a fat cheque . . .) The book's conceit is obvious: this is the first and only collaboration between Sal Lombino's two major noms de plume. In its first half, written by Hunter, sex-addicted LA architect is on the loose overnigh
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Steve
book on tape.
I didn't know if this was a collaboration or a part 1 and part 2 until I just now rad the goodreads stuff.
I didn't enjoy the first half and I throughly enjoyed the second half.
I was surprised by the ending Good Job !!!!!!!!!!
I'll give 4 stars for the ending portion. It sounded, from another reader, that hunter/mcBain re ne and the same.
I've no idea why the first part didn't do anything for me and the second part was likable - maybe the expectations of a cop story.

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Joshua Emil
I believe that "Candyland" is a tragic story that contains a strong plot line. Let me start first with a little summary. The story starts when a certain individual named Benjamin Thorpe who is on a business trip and looks for female companionship, despite being married. He gets involve in a "massage parlor" that offers "extra service". Later, the story shifts to Detective Emma Boyle of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit. She investigates a murder of a prostitute with detectives from Homicide Squad ...more
Glenn
The first half (writing as Hunter) is a disturbing, pornographic descent into the insatiable appetite of a middle aged sex addict, out on the town, and searching, hit and miss, for anything that might feed the beast inside for the night. It reads almost in real time as the events of one night unravel into an ultimately dangerous and later deadly conclusion. Part Two is much more lively and entertaining, with all the machine-gun dialog and step-by-agonizing-step police work the Ed McBain name is ...more
columbialion
Probably the best McBain I've read...although any reader would leave with a bad taste in there mouth as far as NYC is concerned, the author is masterful in the transition between Hunter and the McBain procedural. Candyland is a noir like odyssey that captures the essence of the seedier side of the big city... and a genuine look into the mechanics of the NYPD. If you are not familiar with McBain, this book will provide a crash course on his terrific writing from plot development to procedural. T ...more
Karen
It's been a long time since I have read a book by Evan Hunter. Or one by Ed McBain for that matter. I started reading his 87th precinct novels back in the 80's-90's. This book was a combination of both writing styles of the same writer. Great book! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Evan does a wonderful job developing Ben's character; a conceited & selfish sex addict. I saw those same attributes in Morgan. The ending was kind of a surprise but then again not. At any rate, it was a enjoyable read.
Brian Oldham
Evan Hunter and Ed McBain are the same person and I wondered why they should work together on this particular novel. Whichever one you like he can really write. This was a very difficult subject and hard to recommend. I appreciated it more that enjoying it and I am always looking for another Ed McBain novel that I have not read. His dialogue is so good you want to grab someone and have them sit with you and read the dialogue out loud.
Holly
I have finished the first part of this book: the Evan Hunter part. I have not read Evan Hunter before. It reminds me of The Catcher in the Rye - the way half the book takes place over a span of mere hours by describing every thought and action of a (slightly mad) person. It wasn't boring, though - I felt driven to read it more than anything I've read in a long time. I may have to look for more books by Evan Hunter.
Helen Azar
Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain), the late great mystery writer. As Evan Hunter, his novels are a lot darker and more sinister than McBain's. Candyland is one of the darkest, and deals with the worst aspects of human nature in a very realistic way. A great, albeit somewhat depressing, read...
Lee
Crime drama with detective Emma Boyle and others investigating the slaying of a prostitute in NYC. The first part is supposedly written by Evan Hunter with Ed McBain writing the latter part - didn't read until after I finished the book that these are both pseudonyms for the same author.
Kim Mckiernan
Liked the second half of the book much better. The beginning was jarring with language - and I don't usually react to that, but for some reason it seemed to be used as a placeholder or go to and didn't help enhance the story.
doug bowman
The funny thing about this book is about ten years before I read this I was simultaneously reading and Evan Hunter novel(Last Summer) and an McBain 87th Precinct book and looked at the copy-write and lo and behold: same writer!
Susan
This was a novel written by 2 authors. Half by each. The first was a bit tidious. The second was better but not by much. Oh well. Too much narrative about what everyone had going on their heads.
Jane
Really liked the Ed McBain half of the book. The Evan Hunter half was, to me at least, rather pornographic. And yes, I know Hunter and McBain are one and the same.
Tamiya Shane
this book was good i liked how it went one way and made a full 360 to the end. i was shock and super surprise with the end. the details in this book were great as well.
Ginny
While I enjoy the style of Ed McBain, I do not enjoy when he is writing as Evan Hunter. Combining both alter egos as authors for a single book did not work for me.
Mckochan
The second part really picks up. The first part could have been established in 100 fewer pages.
Michael Moats
Much too graphic for my taste. interesting twist at the end.
Marcus Williford
i want to read this book because it look interesting.
Linda
Very good book. Would highly recommend it.
Hendo
This one's a little perverse...
S.j. Hirons
Why the hell isn't this a film?
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Better known by his pseudonym Ed McBain.

Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.
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