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Candyland: A Novel in Two Parts

Hunter, Evan, McBain, Ed

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ISBN 10: 1587240947 / ISBN 13: 9781587240942
Published by Wheeler Publishing, 2001
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Title: Candyland: A Novel in Two Parts

Publisher: Wheeler Publishing

Publication Date: 2001

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: Largeprint.

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"Candyland merges the bestselling talents of the acclaimed author known as both Evan Hunter and Ed McBain."Candyland begins in classic Evan Hunter style....Alone in New York City on business, Benjamin Thorpe spends his empty nights on a compulsive quest for female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to a confrontation in a midtown bordello and a searing self-revelation.And suddenly we are in Ed McBain territory....Emma Boyle of the Special Victims Unit investigates a young prostitute's murder. As the foggy events of the night in question come into focus, Benjamin Thorpe becomes a viable suspect. The excruciating suspense is total McBain -- and the combined impact of "Candyland is unforgettable.

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Two of the best mystery writers in America team up in this interesting Law and Order-type experiment. In the first half of the book, a sexually voracious architect prowls the dark corners of New York looking for some action before he heads back to his frigid L.A. wife. In the second half, a prostitute's grisly rape-murder engages the attention of the guys (and girl) in blue. What's the connection between the murdered woman and the obsession-ridden architect? A string of coincidences that make the reader expect a surprise ending, of course. But it doesn't happen, which makes one wonder why the two authors (who happen to be the same person) bothered with the gimmick. Still, both Ed McBain (author of the 87th Precinct novels) and Evan Hunter (his more literary and much sexier incarnation) are old pros, so the pacing, character development, and thorough knowledge of police procedure and human nature that mark this tidy little mystery make it a pleasant enough diversion. A new McBain or Hunter is always cause for celebration, and Candyland, which is a lot grittier than most police procedurals, will titillate their many fans until either (or both) comes through with a new thriller. The distinct narrative voices of the multitalented writer are on view here; although the writing styles aren't different enough to make it more than a parlor trick, the result is still twice as good as most of the season's new offerings. --Jane Adams

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