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Poison (87th Precinct #39)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  490 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Jerome Edward McKennon was found sprawled on the carpet, the phone clenched in his fist. It was a gruesome poisoning, and the clues lead to gorgeous Marilyn Hollis. When Detective Hal Willis finds himself falling in love with Marilyn, he knows the only hope for their love is to prove her innocence, before passion turns to Poison. HC: Arbor House.
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 28th 1992 by Avon Books (first published 1987)
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A good story. Detective Hal Willis is the lead (cop) character in this book; he's been around for quite awhile, but usually plays second banana to Carella, Hawes, Meyer or Kling - or used as background filler. Nice he got his own story. Multiple murders stacking up and it looks more and more like the guilty party is Hal's new girlfriend. Her backstory gets more convoluted every time she tells it - she definitely still has secrets, but can Hal trust her? It's nice McBain has finally done more wit ...more
I don’t recall when I last dropped by the 87th precinct to check up on Steve Carella and the others, but it has been entirely too long. For some reason, this one felt a bit darker than some in the series, and I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly why.

Carella and Hal Willis have been called to a gruesome scene as the book opens. A dead man lies in his own excrement and vomit, and it soon becomes obvious to the detectives that suicide isn’t the issue. But if the man was murdered, who did it, and how
3.5 stars. A man is poisoned with tobacco and another is stabbed to death in another precinct. The only link is an apparent wealthy woman, who was seeing both of them. Then, Hal Willis falls in love with her and her sordid past is revealed to him bit by bit, as she is an obvious suspect, especially when a third drops dead shortly after she visits him to break it off. The 87th Street team solves the murder, leaving Hal in a quandary as to his strong feelings for her.
This was one of McBain's 87th Precinct novels. It seemed quite dated, published in 1987, but was a pretty good story. Not one of his best but worth a read.
One of the two detectives investigating the murders of a woman's lovers falls for her. Murdered by nicotine, knife, nicotine in liquor
Life in the 87th is never dull. When Carella and Willis catch a murder involving nicotine poisoning things get even a little more interesting. Then when a potential suspect makes a play for Willis things get complicated.

Fast paced, just enough complicated, and bare bones makes for an interesting read. I will admit I wanted to just shake Willis a couple of times and there were pages that I wanted to skip because they were disturbing because they really could happen that way.

Not having read one of
Aileen Bernadette Urquhart
Good intricate plot, leaving Willis with a big problem at the end. (No spoilers!)
This wasn't the typical 87th precinct book - ramble on another topic for quite some time. The non crime storyline did not enhance the book for me.
Lynette Barfield
a murder leads to one of the precinct's detectives investigating a woman he is starting to fall for. Another outstanding McBain novel.
My least favourite of his books so far. It reads more like a romance than a detective novel.
doug bowman
One of the most compelling of McBain's 87th Precinct novels. Certainly one of the bleakest.
Wow. Amazing read. Could barely put it down. Such an exciting ending.
Julie Christiano
Good cop drama. Typical of Ed.
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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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