The Big Bad City (87th Precinct #49)
Take this week's tabloids: the face of a dead girl is splashed across the front page. She was found sprawled near a park bench not seven blocks from the police station. Detectives Carella and Brown so...more
Happy New Year to all.
So I can encapsulate my review of the book by stating, with authority, that it is good enough to read twice.
Being one of the 87th Precinct novels, if you love one, you'll love the all, and vice versa, but the vice versa would be hard for me to imagine.
Sunday evening turned a rosy pink and then a deeper blush and then a reddish-lavender-blue and then purple and black, the golden day succumbing at last to night.
It was time to go buy a gun.
Synopsis: Three inter-locking cases in the 87th Precinct: a dead nun, an unhinged stalker and a burglar who bakes chocolate-chip cookies. Go.
In the course of one very long, hot August in the city, the 87th Precinct has to contend with a dead nun with breast implants and a baking burglar whose career gets away ...more
The Big Bad City is one of the late, great Ed McBain's last 87th Precinct mysteries, and it is a damn good one. As with the forty-eight or so novels tha ...more
In the opening pages, Steve Carella and Artie Brown return to the department with 9 basketball players (the 10th player was murdered) only to discover a knife fight erupting in a holding cell. It's a steamy August night, and Carella and Detective Parker end up having to shoot one of the fighters to cool things down. Then Meyer and Kling enter the scene; they're hot in pursuit of the Cookie Boy, a thief who leaves chocolate-chip cookies at every crime sight. Before th ...more
Besides from these cases, a stalker is closing in on one of the men of the 87th Precinct.
This is has been one of the best police procedural I ...more
I'm not a big fan of police procedural but I think, if I wanted to emulate and learn a bit about writing those I'd start with Ed McBain. In a different view of the genre is Michael Donnelly. Both write procedurals but they tell the stories very differently. What I kind of l ...more
There was only one place in the book that suffered from the abridgement process but it wasn't hard to extrapolate what the missing info was.
Usually I treat "read by the author" audiobooks like plague (stay ...more
- Sonny is/was the dumbest person on the planet.
- The Cookie Boy? Also pretty stupid. His light bulb FINALLY came on.
- According to Cormac McCarthy alligators make a lowi ...more
"Ed McBain" (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) is one of the pen names of an American author and screenwriter. 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. He a ...more