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Just solid investigations of realistic events by people any of us mi Amazon had a deal around Christmas time, twenty 87th Precinct novels for some stupid cheap number like 99 cents, so I bought all twenty of them to parcel out over a period of time. Just solid investigations of realistic events by people any of us might know, who happen to be cops. McBain was still using graphics of forms and paperwork as part of the story at this time. This rates about a 6. Note: the opening, where McBain describes the struggles with his publisher over the directions the characters were to take, is hilarious.

View 1 comment. In book 5 of the 87th Precinct stories we see some personnel changes in the detective squad. This book was originally published in but the authors new forward from explains that these changes were at the publishers request. Similar format to the others in that there is more than one case occurring within the pages of this short novel. Pulp era detective genre at it's best here. Good old fashioned police work before the time of political correctness or extensive forensic techniques. I p In book 5 of the 87th Precinct stories we see some personnel changes in the detective squad.

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I picked up a dozen of these books in a 99 cent sale but those ones start at 7 so I have to borrow a couple from the library to read past the gap. If I can now get 6 I might end up reading a dozen or more of these this year. The young woman named Annie lay in a pool of blood and liquor. Shot in the chest four times and all the stock smashed on top of it, as the cops of the 87th begin investigating it, an odd picture begins to build of the victim.

Divorced, in her early thirties with a daughter, depending on who you spoke with, she was a virtuous woman, a mistress, a drunkard, a teetotaler, smart, dumb, well read and a ballet goer, a pool hustler.

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Her ex-husband spoke more highly of her than her own mother. The mother The young woman named Annie lay in a pool of blood and liquor. The mother liked him, he loathed her. Finding the killer meant fitting a lot of clues in place, a lot of footwork. And a little bit of luck. The year was Life was simpler then. Divorce was almost unheard of. Murder still took place. There was nothing high-tech in that era. It took a lot of legwork to solve a case. No cellphones. Everyone has a solid alibi in the killing of Annie Boone or so it seems.

Her many friends and loved ones have contradictory opinions of her. She was many people to many people. Someone wanted her dead. Several had a motive. Good solid sleuthing until you get to the end when the murder seemed to be solve The year was Good solid sleuthing until you get to the end when the murder seemed to be solved too conveniently. It seems the way it was solved would have been a daunting task, seemingly impossible, if not improbable. The narration on Kindle Unlimited was more than decent.

Jun 28, Maddy rated it really liked it Shelves: reads. It seems that everyone they interview paints a different picture of Annie, from saint to sinner, and it's difficult to get a handle on exactly who she was and who may have wanted her dead. I thought the killer was a bit of a stretch, but enjoyed the portrayals of the members of the police team, including a new guy who almost gets Steve Carella killed.

I would classify these earlier books in the series as pure police procedural.

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Even so, these stories are well-plotted with an ensemble of well-rounded characters and excellent story telling. Even though there is no modern technology - just good old-fashioned legwork, interviews, and pure luck and co-incidence in capturing the perps - these stories stand the test-of-time. As Meyer Meyer tells someone "We work rather slowly.

We plod along, plod along". The introduction is humorous and witty and te I would classify these earlier books in the series as pure police procedural. The introduction is humorous and witty and tells us why Cotton Hawes is a new hero introduced in this book. It also reminds us that the concept for the 87th squad is a conglomerate hero in the mythical city of Isola.

The police detectives play out their personal lives against the larger back drop of crime and punishment. Cotton Hawes, with his red hair and white streak through it, has transferred from the 30th precinct - an upscale district and a "garden spot" to work in. His inexperience at working homicide causes an almost deadly catastrophic mistake for another detective.

But he catches on quick and soon is assimilated into the squad. The main plot line and victim involves Annie Boone who worked at a liquor store and was found shot four times and laying facedown in broken shards of liquor bottles which had been pushed off the shelves onto her. It turns out there are many suspects, but they all seem to have verified alibi's. Bert Kling and Meyer Meyer are assigned to the case; and when they begin interviewing family, boyfriends, and friends, they discover Annie was a woman imbued with many personalities.

Each one has a different opinion of who Annie was. Was she a vivacious redhead? The not very bright daughter? The intellectual reader and balletgoer? The pool-shooter? The divorced wife? The mistress? The mother? The drunkard?

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The social drinker? The girl who talked with a blind boy? The question then becomes - "Which Annie was killed? If the detectives can figure out the specific Annie that was slain, then they will know who the killer is. Is this the clue that will crack the case?

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Another plot line says goodbye to Roger Havilland, a big man, disliked, and a real corrupt "bull" who liked to hit people. Acting out of character, he stops to ask a man sitting on the curb if he needs any help and is shoved through a plate glass window. One of the shards of glass pierces his jugular and another his windpipe. It doesn't take long for Steve Carella and Cotton Hawes to figure out that the perp was trying to rob a nearby grocery story and the owner shot him after being beaten. But he's now on the run and needs to be found.

Hawes vindicates himself on the day they capture Havilland's killer. Some things not to miss: the interaction and dialogue between the detectives; a brief appearance of Monoghan and Monroe, detectives from Homicide North that are always amusing; several interviews with Annie's five year old precocious daughter named Monica; the gritty realism of the city of Isola which becomes another character in the stories; and pictures of actual forms used in the investigations. Long shots never paid off - a valuable piece of advice in this book. This is my 2nd and 3rd time through the various books.

This time I am reading them in order.

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Since I haven't room to store all 50 some books in the series, I have them on my Kindle which takes up an inch of shelf space! Excellent read. Nov 22, Nigel Bird rated it it was amazing. As the police investigate the murder, they discover that Annie is a woman of mystery. She had multiple personalities and each of them has a corresponding suspect to track down. The trail takes us through the creative world of the photographer, the seedy world of the pool hall, the stiff-upper lip of society, the boozy world of bars and broken-down musicians and to one of the finer department stores in the city.

Along the way, we lose a cop and we gain. Detective Roger Havilland meets his maker. Enter the frame Cotton Hawes. Hawes comes from a different place altogether. He is a man of good education, but clearly has a lot to learn when it comes to policing the inner city. Carella, on the other hand, is not so fortunate. The layers of our victim and of the city are slowly peeled away until the cases are brought to conclusion.

Throw in our new man Hawes and you have a police procedural to savour. Feb 04, Nikmaack rated it really liked it. Gripping reading. Ends a little abruptly. Still, a fun book. The first appearance of Cotton Hawes. He's a fun character. McBain is pretty good at creating characters you feel like you know, even if they are a little shallow. The series is strong that way, in the sense that you can go, "Oh, right!

Hawes, with the red hair and the streak of white from getting stabbed once! I remember him! Hawes is kind of a jerk. But strangely likeab Gripping reading. But strangely likeable all the same. I don't remember reading this one before. But they all feel familiar because of the way characters appear throughout the books. This is the fifth book in the 87th Precinct series. It is also the first one where McBain added the new character detective Cotton Hawes. Members Profile. Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series consist of fifty-three novels, five novellas and three short stories. The novels are available in paperback almost all the time and anywhere in the free world. So I don't list them here. Yes, he wrote novellas, too. Evan had never told me about this cross-coupling beforehand, and it was a pleasant surprise. For that matter, he never told me or anybody except Mrs. Dina Hunter what he was writing. Once I asked him, "What are you writing now? The story was later published in book form with many illustrations from Warner Books in It is a small cute book in a slip case. Some people might consider that this is a novel because it is in book form.

This is a very, very short story with Carella and Meyer in it. So far as I know, this story has not been included in any anthology. British Broadcasting Corporation asked McBain to write a riddle story. The first half of the story was published and the readers were challenged to write the ending of the story. From many challengers, six endings were selected. McBain also wrote the ending. The story was written in or earlier, but I don't know the exact date.

Hunter: do you know when he wrote it? I don't know if the story ever appeared in book form. The translated version was published in the October issue of Mystery Magazine in Japan. As a matter of fact, there were a lot of 87th Precinct novellas in pulp magazines, because many novels were abridged and appeared in magazines under different titles before or after the novels were published in book form. The total number of pages in the series comes to 12, pages, based on the first editions.

The number of people who appeared in the series is over 2,, including pedestrians with first names only. I estimate the death toll in the series to be more than The number of killers in the series is Don't believe 'em. Isola is New York, all right, spun ninety degrees, with only the names changed to protect the guilty.

The only reason McBain didn't actually set the series in the Big Apple is that he didn't want to get bogged down in the minutae of the NYPD's ever-changing rules and procedures. Steve Carella and Gena Rowlands as Teddy.

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Although well-received by critics particularly Rowlands' performance it didn't last long, although at least two comic books were rushed out, hoping to cash in. But they weren't quickie recycled TV episodes; in fact, they were relatively "adult" for a "good" publisher like Dell. The first was drawn by Bernie Krigstein, who is so well known for his E. The second deals in great detail with drugs, and may be drawn by one of the artists who also did the Michael Shayne books, another short-lived series which Dell decided to take a similar approach to.

But that's also a pseudonym. He was born Salvatore Lombino in Hunter's first book, The Blackboard Jungle , , became the basis for the 50's film classic of the same name. As McBain, he also wrote a series featuring Florida attorney and P. Report submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Comic info contributed by Don McGregor. Web links provided by Bluefox , who frequently finds himself in an Isola state of mind Copyright , thrillingdetective.

All rights reserved. So what did McBain know? The last one 87th Precinct novel published was Fiddlers , in , the year of McBain's death, and no other 87th Precinct novel has surfaced. Buy this book. Kindle it! The Mugger The Pusher