A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
The late (and much missed) Ed McBain is best remembered for his classic 87th Precinct police procedural novels, but this timely reissue by the innovative Hard Case Crime imprint reminds us of his protean talents. Hardboiled at its hardest, this novel was originally published 60 years ago (as 'The Proposition' by Hunt Collins) and follows the corpse-littered travails of a literary agent whose unpopular partner with a surfeit of female lovers has been murdered, with a Hollywood deal worth millions at stake. A trail of femmes fatales and shady individuals of all ilk, fast-paced pulp dialogue, evocative descriptions of places, people and feelings and a gripping first person narrative voice make this a true page turner and a testimony to McBain's storytelling talent as well as an exemplary thriller that hasn't aged one bit. Also features a bonus short story starring private eye Matt Cordell from the also recently resurrected 'The Gutter and the Grave'. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
When a Man's Partner is Killed,He's Supposed to Do Something About It. Maybe no one liked Del Gilbert a whole lot, not the men he ruthlessly did business with, not the women who discovered his other lovers, not even his partner in the Gilbert and Blake literary agency - me. But when I found him shot to death on the floor of his office, I had no choice. I had to track down the person responsible. And not just to lay Del to rest, either. Next to his body, the office safe was wide open, and a contract worth millions was missing...
|Publication date:||15th January 2016|
|Publisher:||Titan Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/09/2021
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 ...More About Ed McBain