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So Long as You Both Shall Live (87th Precinct #31)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  541 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
THE WEDDING NIGHT CAPER
All the boys at the 87th Precinct had to agree that Bert Kling's wedding was the best bash they'd been to in a long time. Augusta Kling was a real beauty and Bert, well, of course, they'd all kidded Bert, warning him about the custom of kidnapping the bride on her wedding night. But everyone stopped laughing when sometime between 11:20 and 11:25 P.M.
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Hardcover, 165 pages
Published December 31st 1976 by Random House Trade (first published 1976)
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James Thane
Feb 03, 2015 James Thane rated it really liked it
It's a happy day for the detectives of the 87th Precinct when one of their own, Bert Kling, marries his beautiful girlfriend, a very successful model named Augusta Blair. After the wedding party is over, the newlyweds retire to their hotel room and Bert decides to take a shower before the real festivities begin. But when Burt gets out of the shower, he discovers much to his dismay, that his bride has disappeared.

At first, Bert thinks that his pals have pulled the old "Kidnap the Bride" wedding t
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Paul
Jan 18, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Electrifying novel that ratchets up the tension at the end to an almost unbearable level.

Bert Kling's beautiful model wife is kidnapped on their wedding day and it's up to his 87th Precinct brethren to track down the kidnapper before the worst happens.

I think this is the novel when McBain starts to up his game in the 87th precinct novels. Diligent police work, a host of original characters and a race against time make this one of the best in the series. And an unforgettable appearance by the sl
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Eric_W
Nov 24, 2014 Eric_W rated it liked it
Fat Ollie takes center stage in this 87th Precinct McBain. Bert Kling is marrying Augusta, a model, who is kidnapped from their wedding suite by a looney. The scene shifts back and forth between Augusta, who is not about to let things take their course without a fight, and the investigation. They are stymied with seemingly no leads, but Ollie, “ who was bigoted, slovenly, opinionated, crude, insensitive, gross, humorless, unimaginative…No, that wasn’t true. Ollie was imaginative,” joins the hunt ...more
Skip
Mar 30, 2013 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Finally Detective Bert Kling's love life works -- he marries the beautiful redheaded model, Augusta Blair. On his wedding night, he gets out of the shower to find Augusta gone, but is not worried as he had been told of a quaint custom of kidnapping the bride on her wedding night and suspects his fellow officers in the 87th Precinct are pranking him; however, she really is gone. The bulls are stumped, but Fat Ollie Weeks wades into the middle of the paralysis and bullies the detectives to conduct ...more
Craig *ARISEN FROM THE ABYSS*
Great story of a straight forward kidnapping which descends into a quite suspenseful finale with a truly psychotic bad guy, of course the guys finally get their man :)
LJ
SO LONG AS YOU BOTH SHALL LIVE – VG
Ed McBain – 32nd in series
Det. Bert Kling had just married beautiful Augusta Blair and was anticipating his wedding night. Augusta was waiting for him. He got out of the shower, and opened the door, but Augusta is gone. He’s not too worried as he had been told of a quaint custom of kidnapping the bride on her wedding night and his fellow officers in the 87th Precinct were professionals. And then he noticed her coat still on the rack, and the single shoe lying o
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Lukasz Pruski
Dec 01, 2016 Lukasz Pruski rated it did not like it
"He had planned something of a big male macho entrance, and he stood now in the bathroom doorway with a towel wrapped around his waist, and saw immediately that she was not in the room [...]"

The less I write about Ed McBain's So Long As You Both Shall Live (1976) the better. Not that it is a particularly bad book: it is quite interesting, readable, and competently written. But the plot of this thriller/police procedural is completely paint-by-numbers and my main problem with the novel is that I
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یه داستان پلیسی معمولی و نه چندان جذاب.همین.
Riccardo Mainetti
La storia, che è alla base dell'episodio della serie "Il tenente Colombo" intitolato "Non c'è tempo per morire, inizia con la squadra dell'87 Distretto in festa per le nozze di Bert Kling con una famosa modella. La festa però dura davvero poco perché, proprio nell'immediata vigilia della prima notte di nozze la neo signora Kling scompare nel nulla. Inizialmente Bert Kling pensa a uno scherzo che posso avergli giocato i suoi affettuosi e burloni colleghi.
Non passa molto tempo però e la situazione
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Tim Healy
Mar 21, 2013 Tim Healy rated it it was amazing
Minor spoilers ahead, but nothing you won't get from the book jacket or the blurbs on Amazon.

This one was really fun reading, for me. I've read enough of the 87th Precinct books to know pretty well what I'm going to get coming in. This one was fresh. What makes it new is the impending sense of possible disaster hanging over the story.

This is a very personal case for the detectives. Kling's wife is kidnapped on their wedding night. So, it's all hands on deck to solve this, including another memor
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Cathy
Apr 24, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
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Ruth Niles
Jun 21, 2009 Ruth Niles rated it really liked it
Very quick read, only 147 pages. It's an early Ed McBain 87th Precinct Mystery and I have a mini goal to real them all. One of the cops gets married and his bride is kidnapped from their room on their wedding night. It's got suspense since McBain does have good people get murdered in his stories. One of my favorite McBain characters is Fat Ollie, although repulsive in many ways, he is what he is and you gotta love him!
Shevelle
Apr 26, 2016 Shevelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst reads ever

The book was so random and disorganized and the voice that read the book was HORRIBLE!!!! His accents were rough and way too hard to listen to. I'm sorry but this wasn't worth the 9.99 a month I pay to read kindle unlimited. Please don't EVER allow this man to read any of your books aloud again.
Sophie Childs
Mar 31, 2015 Sophie Childs rated it did not like it
Ugh. Cliched, poorly written and unrealistic. Maybe I would have liked it more if I hadn't just finished an excellent thriller before I started this, but as it was, I didn't care about the characters and couldn't help thinking that there was far too much in it that was based on fantasy rather than how policing really works.
Sandra Ash
Dec 20, 2015 Sandra Ash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good

Good book like all the 87th books, the books are really good mysteries. Plot is believable, cop's very true to life Ed McBain is very good writer, you will not find better police stories
James Brown
Nov 15, 2013 James Brown rated it really liked it
It's a scenario that's become familiar but would have been somewhat more novel back in its time. Solid 87th precinct, no more and no less. If you can't stand Ollie Weeks, be warned ... He's here in all his glory!
Christian
Oct 26, 2015 Christian rated it really liked it
Solid entry into the series, but, cheese and crackers, does Bert Kling have crap luck with women or what?
Shirley Alvarez
Jan 06, 2016 Shirley Alvarez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO LONG AS YOU BOTH SHALL LIVE

Another great book. All of this series is so good. Enjoying the cast and they have become friends. I plan to read all.
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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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