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So Nude, So Dead by Ed McBain
  

So Nude, So Dead

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The latest rediscovery in the enterprising Hard Case series that resurrects forgotten pulp classics, often by big name authors, or new titles in the tradition by contemporary writers, always with suitably garish and nostalgic covers suitably aligned to the gaudy subject matter. McBain is, of course, best known for his immense 87th Precinct series of police procedurals but he also made his apprenticeship in the pulps, and this novel, initially published almost 50 years back under his Richard Marsten pen name, is a breezy read with just the right amount of sensationalism, femmes fatales, noir tropes and adrenaline-fuelled action, is a perfect beach read (if you don't mind askew glances at to the cover...). Drugs, a terribly flawed main character with a a weighty sense of doom, jazz, melodrama, murdered vamps, razor-sharp dialogue, all the ingredients fit into perfect place. A guilty pleasure. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Synopsis

So Nude, So Dead by Ed McBain

He'd been a promising piano prodigy, once. Now he was just an addict, scraping to get by, letting his hunger for drugs consume him. But a man's life can always get worse - as Ray Stone discovers when he wakes up beside a beautiful nightclub singer only to find her dead...and 16 ounces of pure heroin missing.

Reviews

It's scary how very good the master was from the start. With beautifully flowing prose and a gripping storyline, this rereleased novel is a must for McBain's fans and lovers of hard crime tales. - Book Devil

So Nude, So Dead carries us off into the seedy world [of] hophead jazz musicians, a world where a reefer stick can send a promising young pianist into the arms of heroin, and the arms of any number of amorous young women, be they half-Chinese strippers, supper club singers or just hangers-on. - The Rap Sheet

So Nude, So Dead is a remarkable glimpse Ed McBain's early efforts and the evidence of his amazing talents is apparent throughout. - Pulp Fiction Reviews

So Nude, So Dead is just so damn awesome. - Pulp Serenade

So Nude, So Dead is tough-as-cheap-steak noir that goes down quick. McBain's writing is sharp and concise. - Ravenous Monster


About the Author

Ed McBain

Ed McBain was born in New York City. Married Anita Melnick, 1949 (divorced), 3 children (Ted, Mark, Richard); married Mary Vann Finley, 1973 (divorced), 1 stepdaughter (Amanda); married Dragica Dimitrijevic, 1997.

During World War II he served in the US Navy, and then took a university degree, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. A few months of teaching in high school were followed by a job in a literary agency in New York. He describes himself at this time as "fiercely ambitious", doing a full day’s work in the agency and spending all his nights and weekends writing. His first success, published under the name Evan Hunter, was THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1954) — a tough novel of New York life, about an idealistic teacher in a slum high school. It was later made into a film with Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier.

Since then he has written more than eighty novels, writing under several names, but most famously as Evan Hunter and Ed McBain. He has also written many screenplays, including the one for Hitchcock’s film THE BIRDS. As Ed McBain, he is the author of the 87th Precinct novels, the longest, the most varied, and possibly the most popular crime series in the world. These novels are about a team of policemen, usually including Detective Steve Carella, and are set in an "imaginary city". There are fifty-two 87th Precinct novels to date. The two most recent titles are THE LAST DANCE and MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.

AWARDS:
Mystery Writers of America Award, 1957, for short story THE LAST SPIN. Grand Master Award, Mystery Writers of America, 1986, for lifetime achievement. First American to receive the British Crime writer’s Association Cartier Diamond Dagger, 1998. Frankfurt Origial e-Book Award, best fiction, 2002.

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Publication date

17th July 2015

Author

Ed McBain

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Publisher

Titan Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781781166062

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