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Cut Me in

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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

If you like Ed McBain you might also like to read books by Tony Hillerman, James Lee Burke and Stephen Donaldson.

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Synopsis

Cut Me in by Ed McBain

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...

Reviews

The the plot twists are quite delightful, but the way McBain wraps it all up at the end is truly elegant. No loose ends, no unexplained tangents, and no characters who didn't have anything significant to contribute to the story. As lean as it is, it feels just as rich as a more detailed book, with all the sights and smells of a post-war New York rising to new levels of affluence, where social and moral attitudes are changing faster than Buick and Cadillac designs. - Crime Fiction Lover I enjoyed the hell out of it not because it's a masterpiece but because it is one of those books that remind me of where so many writers of my generation, certainly me, came from. And the 50s ambience if just right. - Ed Gorman It's Mad Men meets Mickey Spillane. - Mystery People CUT ME IN is a required addition to the library of any Ed McBain fan. Once again, Hard Case Crime has shown why they do essential work. It is easy to imagine these books lost forever without Charles Ardai searching them out. - Book Reporter The noir badassery on display here is hardcore - Comic Book Resources Some writers know how to suck you right in from the first page. Take the late author Evan Hunter aka Ed McBain. - Borg.com Highly recommended. - Gloria Feit a fast moving, taut thriller ... - Pulp Fiction Reviews Thethe plot twists are quite delightful, but the way McBain wraps it all up at the end is truly elegant. No loose ends, no unexplained tangents, and no characters who didn t have anything significant to contribute to the story. As lean as it is, it feels just as rich as a more detailed book, with all the sights and smells of a post-war New York rising to new levels of affluence, where social and moral attitudes are changing faster than Buick and Cadillac designs. -Crime Fiction Lover I enjoyed the hell out of it notbecause it's a masterpiece but because it is one of those books that remind meof where so many writers of my generation, certainly me, came from. And the 50s ambience if just right. -Ed Gorman It s Mad Men meets Mickey Spillane. -Mystery People CUT ME IN is a required addition to the library of any Ed McBain fan. Once again, Hard Case Crime has shown why they do essential work. It is easy to imagine these books lost forever without Charles Ardai searching them out. -Book Reporter The noir badassery on display here is hardcore -Comic Book Resources Some writers know how to suck you right in from the first page. Take the late author Evan Hunter aka Ed McBain. -Borg.com Highly recommended. -Gloria Feit


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

15th January 2016

Author

Ed McBain

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Publisher

Titan Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781783294459

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