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McBain more or less invented the police procedural charting the daily work of cops in the big city. This was the first 87th precinct novel with an ensemble cast of characters who work in an atmosphere of camaraderie (and occasional conflict) and engage in banter as a way to cope with the demands of the job. Tropes that are now de rigueur for many police procedurals and have influenced my work.
Swift, silent, and deadly -- someone is knocking off the 87th Precinct's finest, one by one. The how of the killings is obvious: three .45 shots from the dark add up to one, two, three very dead detectives. The why and the who are the Precinct's headaches now. When Detective Reardon is found dead, motive is a big question mark. But when his partner becomes victim number two, it looks like open-and-shut grudge killings. That is, until a third detective buys it. With one meager clue, Detective Steve Carella begins his grim search for the killer, a search that takes him into the city's underworld to a notorious brothel, to the apartment of a beautiful and dangerous widow, and finally to a .45 automatic aimed straight at his head. . . .
Closing date: 06/09/2018
Publication date: 16/09/2010
Publisher: Pocket Books
|Publication date:||16th September 2010|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
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