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When a calypso singer and a prostitute are murdered with the same gun, Detectives Carella and Meyer descend into the murky world of sex and sadism to find a killer on the loose.
“Imagine your favorite Law & Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBain’s grand, ongoing accomplishment.” —Entertainment Weekly
“McBain forces us to think twice about every character we meet...even those we thought we already knew.” —New York Times Book Review
Stephen King and Nelson DeMille on Ed McBain
I think Evan Hunter, known by that name or as Ed McBain, was one of the most influential writers of the postwar generation. He was the first writer to successfully merge realism with genre fiction, and by so doing I think he may actually have created the kind of popular fiction that drove the best-seller lists and lit up the American imagination in the years 1960 to 2000. Books as disparate as The New Centurions, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Godfather, Black Sunday, and The Shining all owe a debt to Evan Hunter, who taught a whole generation of baby boomers how to write stories that were not only entertaining but that truthfully reflected the times and the culture. He will be remembered for bringing the so-called "police procedural" into the modern age, but he did so much more than that. And he was one hell of a nice man. --Stephen King
Way back in the mid-1970s, when I was a new writer and police series were very big, my editor asked me to do a series called Joe Ryker, NYPD. I had no idea how to write a police detective novel, but the editor handed me a stack of books and said, “These are the 87th Precinct novels by Ed McBain. Read them and you’ll know everything you need to know about police novels.” After I read the first book--which I think was Let’s Hear It for the Deaf Man--I was hooked, and I read every Ed McBain I could get my hands on. Then I sat down and wrote my own detective novel, The Sniper, featuring Joe Ryker. My series never reached the heights of the 87th Precinct series, but by reading those classic masterpieces, I learned all I needed to know about urban crime and how detectives think and act. And I had a hell of a time learning from the master. Years later, when I actually got to meet Ed McBain/Evan Hunter, I told him this story, and he said, “I would have liked it better if my books inspired you to become a detective instead of becoming my competition.” Evan and I became friends, and I was privileged to know him and honored to be in his company. I remain indebted to him for his good advice over the years. But most of all, I thank him for hundreds of hours of great reading. --Nelson DeMille
To read about how Ed McBain influenced other mystery and thriller writers, visit our Perspectives on McBain page.
For a complete selection of 87th Precinct novels available from Thomas & Mercer, visit our Ed McBain's 87th Precinct Booklist.
Publisher: The Viking Press
Publication Date: 1979
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Book Condition: Fair. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP91949337
Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st. Instructor's Edition. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96141843
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0670200301I5N00
Book Description Viking, N . Y., 1979. Cloth. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Cover Art (illustrator). 1st ?. . X-Library with normal flaws.The hard cover and the jacket has light shelf wear .The pages has light yellowing.Slightest spine cock . Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Bookseller Inventory # MY 07364
Book Description Viking, N . Y., 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Cover Art (illustrator). 1st. X-Library with normal flaws.The hard cover and the jacket has light shelf wear.Spine cock. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Bookseller Inventory # MY 12897
Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0670200301
Book Description The Viking Press, -, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good-. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Lightly used hardcover in dust jacket. Moderate shelfwear to boards; dust jacket is lightly worn, but is not chipped or torn, and is now in a mylar dust jacket protector. Binding and pages remain solid, with no marks to text. Bookseller Inventory # 1022154
Book Description Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 1979 Viking Press FIRST edition of a hard to find 87th Precinct mystery. This book is ex-library with the usual markings. It is in VG+/VG+ condition. Besides the old glue residue the HB is virtually unmarked and clearly was lightly circulated. The DJ has been covered so it is not price clipped and shows virtually no wear at all. A great copy! **Brenbooks specializes in first edition mysteries. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 3759
Book Description Viking (1979)., New York, 1979. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 217 pp. Stain to gutters from acidic glue, minor wear to dust jacket. The price is intact. A classic police procedural. Bookseller Inventory # 000328
Book Description Viking, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. A very low price for an early 87th Precinct book. Bookseller Inventory # 1344