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3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  467 Ratings  ·  31 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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Brian Oldham
Sep 07, 2014 Brian Oldham rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 15, 2009 John rated it really liked it

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
The second part really picks up. The first part could have been established in 100 fewer pages.
Nov 30, 2008 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
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
Barbara ★
Apr 30, 2010 Barbara ★ rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
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
Joshua Emil
May 11, 2013 Joshua Emil rated it really liked it
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
Nov 07, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
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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Mike P
Jun 20, 2016 Mike P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a strange story. Can't figure out who was the book was about. The main characters, the female detective, the architect and the male detective, each have issues in affecting them as a result of past sexual events. The title is fitting, as each is addicted in a different way to life problems resulting from these past events. In the case of the architect and the male detective, the sexula drive is their"candy"; in the case of the female detective, her former husband "candy" has disrupted th ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Glenn rated it liked it
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
Kim L
Jan 11, 2015 Kim L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the workings of the "deviant" mind,
Recommended to Kim by: picked it off the bookshelf.
I enjoyed this book; it held my interest. It was interesting that the author(s) divided the book in two parts. The first part a male character is featured; the second part a female character (for the most part) is featured.

I am wondering to what extent the author, Evan Hunter did his research or did he allow Ed McBain to take care of that end of it.

At my library I noticed that they have more books written by Ed McBain than Evan Hunter. I will be reading more of Ed McBains' novels. And yes the "
Charlotte Alexander
Feb 13, 2016 Charlotte Alexander rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Young Adult/Older
Candyland was filled with slow progressiveness, amateur plot and a lot of unnecessary dialogue. The first half of the story for example was almost completely unnecessary and the only twist in the plot was at the end, and the writer pretty much just skimmed over that quickly within a couple of pages. I found myself at points dreading the existence of this book on my shelf, just because of how long this dull read was taking me. In fact the only good thing I can say right now is 'THANK GOD IT'S OVE ...more
Dec 14, 2012 columbialion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 20, 2010 Holly rated it liked it
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.
Karen Joyce Peper
If you like crime novels...

I enjoy crime novels. I like the twists and turns of one that is written well. Even though this book was a bit too neat and tidy, it was enjoyable. The characters were colourful and entertaining. The format was very similar to the television series "Law and Order". First the reader is introduced to the crime. Then the reader is shown how the crime was solved. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys crime drama.
Sep 01, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it
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.
doug bowman
May 28, 2012 doug bowman rated it really liked it
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!
Helen Azar
Jun 23, 2010 Helen Azar rated it it was amazing
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...
Feb 15, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novel lists two authors, Evan Hunter and Ed McBain. Hunter writes of an architect visiting NYC and, eventually, a whorehouse; McBain writes of the police search for the killer of a prostitute from that whorehouse with the architect emerging as a suspect.
Kim Murphy
Oct 23, 2013 Kim Murphy rated it liked it
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.
Jul 09, 2008 Ginny rated it it was ok
Shelves: pre-2005, borrowed
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.
Aug 15, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
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.
Jan 31, 2012 Jane rated it liked it
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 Bates
Jul 20, 2012 Tamiya Bates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, murder
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.
Hari Brandl
Apr 24, 2016 Hari Brandl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. Only read 20% of it. Too many stereotypical women and, in fact, the guy himself is stereotype. A waste of about 10 minutes.
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"Ed McBain" is one of the pen names of American author and screenwriter Salvatore Albert Lombino (1926 – 2005), who 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.

He also used the pen names John Abbott, Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, Ezra Hannon, Dean Hu
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