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(87th Precinct #44)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,136 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Ed McBain's astonishing 87th-Precinct series continues with a hard look at what passes for love in a city grown used to crimes of passion. When a beautiful blonde tells Detective Steve Carella that her husband's former chauffeur has made two attempts on her life, Carella immediately begins tracking her assailant -- only to find him far uptown, hanging from a basement pipe, ...more
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Published June 1st 1998 by Media Books Audio Publishing (first published 1992)
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James Thane
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Two plots thread their way through this novel of the 87th Precinct. In the first, a beautiful woman named Emma Bowles appears at the station house to report that a man has attempted to kill her. Twice.

Emma recognizes the attacker as a man who used to drive for the limo service that her husband uses. Detectives Steve Carella and Meyer Meyer go looking for the man Emma has accused only to find him shot to death and hanged, apparently for good measure, in the basement of the apartment house where
David Highton
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No 44 in the 87th Precinct series with two different narratives - a woman who had two attempts on her life, and the trial for the murder of Carella's father, murdered in the previous book. Gripping, and written in McBain's usual impressive style - credible, realistic, emotive, with depth.
Ron Hefner
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is McBain at the peak of his prowess. The 87th Precinct novels started in 1956, and they grew and matured as McBain grew and matured. At this point (1992), the books were rich with color, setting, character development, social commentary, and of course, clever and engrossing plots.

In _Kiss_, it's comforting to see our friends: Carella, Meyer Meyer, Fat Ollie. McBain once said that he thought of the 87th Precinct as a family: It grows, it evolves, it changes. You can feel how deeply vested h
Aileen Bernadette Urquhart
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Best yet. Some of the suspense reminded me of Jeffery Deaver's great books. My daughter let slip that one of the cops I like dies in one of the books, and I'm waiting with tenterhooks for this to happen.It hasn't happened yet, and she might have been teasing me. Only ten books to go!
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This is yet another of the great books in the 87th precinct series. The
F-bomb drops like rain in a cloud burst here, so if profanity in your books
is problematic, avoid this book. These characters are portrayed so
memorably that while there are scores of these 87th precinct books out
there, you remember them vividly.

As usual with these books, this one contains several plots that keep you
enthralled and eagerly reading on. As this book opens, you are on a subway
platform standing near Emma Bowles. She
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know an author is good when another well respected author (Stuart Kaminsky) references one of the former's best loved series (87th precinct series) via his protagonist (Porfiry Rustnikov) multiple times. Ed McBain (aka Evan Hunter) is the master of police procedurals, and even more so, writing believable dialogue. You always feel a part of the conversation when reading the exchanges between his characters. And many of my favorites were here-- detectives Carella and Meyer (whose first name is ...more
Iva Jar
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zlatá stará dobrá detektivka...
Místy mě ty výslechy a soudní jednání rozčilovaly, taky smysl pro spravedlnost tu dostane trochu na p*del, ale čte se to samo... a konec je povedený.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, police, series
Another good book in the series. In this one, a woman survives two murder attempts; the man she says tried to kill her winds up dead. That should be the end of her problems, but is it? Along with that story, we have the trial for the man who killed Detective Steve Carella's father in the last book. Interesting comparison of the investigation that goes on before the arrest and the trial that follows after. The story of the trial wasn't as gripping as the story in the previous book ("Widows") in w ...more
Joe  Noir
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another superior entry in the greatest American police procedural series.

One of the best things about reading McBain is the crossing story lines. The two main threads include the trial in the homicide of Detective Carella's father; and a well to do woman who reports the same man has made two clumsy attempts to kill her. Her husband strangely hires a private detective from Chicago to come to the city to protect her.

A suspect is found both shot and hanged.

Stir in a sultry jazz singer, a g
Pamela Mclaren
I've always enjoyed Ed McBain (AKA Evan Hunter) and this novel of the 87th Precinct is no different.

What is hard to read is that this book deals with the follow up of the murder of Steve Carella's father and the apprehension of the suspect. In this, as he and his partner Meyer Meyer investigate a murder of a hit man/limo driver and gather information about the second assassin, Carella attends the trial of his father's murderer. Both show you the ins and out, and traps within a murder case. A gre
Vannessa Anderson
After a killer made several attempts to kill a woman, she asked the officers at the 87th Precinct for help and her husband hired a bodyguard to protect her. There is more than meets the eye to the murder attempts on the woman’s life. Ed McBain is one of the kings when it comes to writing police crime thrillers! David Colacci’s storytelling performance added to making Kiss a great read!
Mary Alice
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ed McBain is a really good writer. I probably like his 87th Precinct stories for the same reasons (whatever they are) I like the TV show Law and Order about NYC homicide detectives.

Kiss is about crimes of passion and crimes for money, and the virtues and foibles of very real cops. There's also a song called Kiss.
B.R. Stateham
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Re-reading an old classic. It's like meeting up with an old friend and instantly starting up where you left off. Even if years have passed in between.

You haven't read it, you've got to find a copy and add it to your TBR pile. Always good to read the touch of a master writing in his genre.
Phillip Frey
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes hard-boiled crime stories.
Good old Ed McBain and his 87th Precinct books. A hard-boiled, down and dirty crime story.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
It is so tempting to tell you about this story. But if I do, I know I'll let in something that will spoil it for you. Suffice it to say that this was a great read.
Nikki Mcelman-doucette
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Superb twist! Will have to read McBain's other work!
Joshua Emil
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed-mcbain-books
A satisfying procedural with crossing storylines. Murder, mayhem and passion meet in the 87th Precinct Detective Squad.

Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: milsthrillers
I actually attended a book reading when this book was released. I still have my copy which was autographed by Ed McBain (aka Evan Hunter).
Alton Motobu
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two story lines: (1) courtroom tactics of attorneys involved in trial of man accused of murdering Carella's father during a robbery, (2) Carella and Meyer investigate murder of man accused of stalking and trying to kill a woman whose husband hires a bodyguard to protect her, but he turns out to be a hit man. Surprise ending as shoot out occurs in dark room, and the detectives outwit the killer. One of the better books in the 87th precinct series.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A lot of court room drama that isn't too dramatic. A plot twist that is obvious and ham fisted. Those are the bad parts. As always, great dialogue and characters. Not the best Ed McBain novel. Not the worst.
Cori Arnold

I kinda wondered where the "mystery" was until the last five pages... huh.

I also skimmed through the whole B-story since I knew how the trail would end from reading a book further in the series.
L. Farmer
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this earlier this year -- haven't read too much from Ed before, maybe one McBain title per year on average. He had a great twist at the end that I hadn't anticipated. Too bad he's gone. Not sure if someone continues to write under his name.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like all Ed McBain books, it had momentum, excitement, and plot galore. Multiple crimes that feed on each other and keep the pace quick. Can't put them down, but hate for them to end.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Of the two major threads, I didn't care for one (the court scene) and liked the other, the murder mystery.
Bruce Humbert
Enjoyed - almost got to 4 stars
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
A woman comes to the 87th Precinct to report two attempts on her life, including recognizing the attempted killer as her husband's former limo driver. When he shows up shot and strung up, Fat Ollie Weeks pushes the case off to the 87th. The husband then hires a private eye to protect his wife as the 87th Street detectives start to investigate. Meanwhile, the trial for the killer of Steve Carella's father occurs simultaneously. The wife then sleeps with the private eye to get even with her philan ...more
John Irby
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was a good, solid police detective story. The big time Chicago hit man is hired by the rich husband to come to NY and off his wife so he can marry a younger version, and get his wife's insurance money to boot. But, the wife outsmarts her husband. First she treats the handsome hit man to a weekend in the rack, then she arranges for him to kill her husband instead. Don't want to ruin it for you, but it's a good ending, as only Ed McBain can imagine.
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Two attempts have been made on the life of a beautiful woman despite her husband's hired security. Detective Carella has to deal with the cheating husband and the wife's infatuation with himself as he tries to protect her.
Jennifer Mayes
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful and well-written

I enjoy the ongoing character development and the real- life legal scenarios. Better than most police mystery series. As relevant in today's world as it was when it was written 20+ years ago
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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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