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Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here! (87th Precinct #25)

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-- In Warner Books mass market editions, McBain's titles have over 277,000 copies in print in the last four years alone.
-- Two of the author's most recent 87th Precinct novels, The Last Dance (Simon & Schuster hardcover, 1/00) and The Big Bad City (Simon & Schuster hardcover, 1/99), were New York Times Notable Books of the Year.
-- The six titles in the Warner Books
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1971)
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James Thane
This, the twenty-fifth entry in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series, is a bit unusual. It basically chronicles a day in the life of the detectives in the precinct, beginning at midnight and running through to the following midnight.

All the familiar characters that McBain has introduced into the squad put in an appearance, each of them investigating a case that is both introduced and wrapped up within the twenty-four-hour cycle. None of the cases is particularly suspenseful, and the sum of them cer
Feb 02, 2010 Rose added it
Shelves: 2008, 2010
*Review from 2008, reread 2010*
This suffered a bit from being listened to in chunks spread over time, because there were lots of different crimes and investigations going on, and it was easy to forget quite what was happening. Even under ideal conditions, I don't think it would be my favourite 87th Precinct book, but it's entertaining enough with some funny moments (like the old man trying to get two girls arrested for hooking, and their responses to everything he says).
A fairly weak effort. A series of unconnected cases, being worked on and solved by the 87th Street Precinct bulls. The main case is the shooting of Parker, whom nobody liked much anyway.
A day in the life of the 87th Precinct's detectives; twenty-four hours with the two working detective shifts. The title is pretty indicative; every major character is here, as well as a number of minor ones, each working on various cases that crop up: a possible murder/possible suicide, a brutal beating, a mugged marine, racial tensions, a murdered girl, a runaway daughter, "ghosts" walking off with valuables, hippies and drug busts.

Unlike most other 87th novels, with one main plot and one or tw
This book in the 87th precinct series, is divided into two sections: Nightshade and Daywatch. The author takes the reader through the night shift and then the day shift of an average 24 hours in the precinct. All the detectives we have met in previous stories are working one of the shifts and are involved in one or more of the various cases that get reported to the police on that day - a church bombing, a missing husband, "ghosts" stealing jewelry, multiple grocery store thefts, a runaway daught ...more
It's been a while since I've read a book like this reminded me how much I love them. I gave it 3 stars cause the the stories were just narrated without any mystery or suspense!otherwise a very enjoyable reading ...
William Van Stone
McCain excellence.

Typical McBain cops and robbers story. Very quick read and your usual bad guy does it and bad guy gets caught.
Dave Hogg
The point of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels was that the city and the police force were the heroes, not any particular cop. (This changed from time to time due to his publisher's whims, as recounted in his hilarious forewards to several of the books.)

This book, though, had so much going on that everything blended together. That was the point, in a lot of ways, but it got confusing in parts. Still, the worst 87th Precinct book is going to be a fun read.
Angie crosby
Police procedural book that really has no plot other than to glimpse what the 87th presinct is like for a short period of time. I felt the crimes were solved to easy. The lack of plot made it easy to put down, though i was interested enough to continue reading to find out how the different crimes were solved.
Helen Azar
This 87th precinct installation is a bit different because it consists of something like a bunch of short stories instead of a self contained book. This makes it somewhat "choppy", yet more realistic. Not the best McBain had to offer, but features all the usual suspects and still very enjoyable
With this book McBain starts the tradition of the 87th Precinct novels of having different cases being worked on by different detectives in a single story. Not all cases are resolved in the single novel. This is one of the best 87th precinct books.
Mike O'connell
This is my first Ed McBain 87th Precinct mystery but it won't be my last. Very fast and entertaining.
I've never read an 87th Precinct book I didn't like. This was no exception.
This book is great. It has just the right amount of sleaze.
Have no problem reading any of his books. Good mysteries.
It's Ed McBain multi tasking. I enjoyed
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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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Other Books in the Series

87th Precinct (1 - 10 of 55 books)
  • Cop Hater (87th Precinct #1)
  • The Mugger (87th Precinct #2)
  • The Pusher: An 87th Precinct Novel (87th Precinct #3)
  • The Con Man (87th Precinct, #4)
  • Killer's Choice (87th Precinct, #5)
  • Killer's Payoff (87th Precinct #6)
  • Killer's Wedge (87th Precinct #7)
  • Lady Killer (87th Precinct #8)
  • 'Til Death (87th Precinct, #9)
  • King's Ransom (87th Precinct #10)
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