Being one of the 87th Precinct novels, if you love one, you'll love the all, and vice versa, but the vice versa would be hard for me to imagine. Aug 13, Steve rated it it was amazing.
Ed McBain is the King of police procedural books. I haven't read him in quite a while, but seeing as this is 49 in the series, I Big Bad City - Various - Hot Rodders Delight (CD) it's time to start again!
In this novel as always there are two stories going on at the same time. Steve is being persured by the the man that killed his father and there is a burglar called "The Cookie Man" who Meyer Meyer and company are after. Great read! View 1 comment. The forty-ninth entry in the 87th Precinct series as I close in on the final entries, 55 in all!
This one involves the mysterious murder of a nun-- with breast implants yet! Don't ask, go read the darned thing. There is also the "Cookie Boy,"a burglar who leaves chocolate chip cookies on the pillow of the homes he robs. I started to get the feeling that McBain was tiring of his usual charact The forty-ninth entry in the 87th Precinct series as I close in on the final entries, 55 in all! I started to get the feeling that McBain was tiring of his usual characters, the "boys" of the 87th Precinct.
By now he had started to emphasize the obnoxiously fascinating detective Fat Ollie Weeks of the neighboring 88th Precinct and to spend more time on the viewpoints of the other characters in the story.
There is still ample "procedural" time as Steve Carella and company uncover the strange labyrinthine background of the deceased sister and her case entwines with that of the Cookie Boy. I only gave three stars to this tale in comparison with the shining lights of the series. Had this book been written by Joe Smith-- I unabashedly confess, I might have given it an extra star! Jun 07, Tom rated it really liked it.
My very first McBain novel. Totally dug it. I can see why people who love Parker's books would love this series. Good atmosphere, interesting characters, quick dialogue. Great summer read! Feb 08, Margie rated it really liked it. As usual this book was as good as the rest of the 87th pct series, I read this book many years ago and forgot, but it was a good reread. Unmistakeable McBain - a murdered nun, a quirky burglar who leaves cookies for his victims and the man who killed Carella's father is egged on to get Carella before Carella gets him.
The stories are masterfully orchestrated with dark sly wit written in a voice that is by turns mordant, comic and grim, evoking the sprawl of seedy, homey, squalid humanity in the Big Bad City. Like, say, Lansdale, McBain is the closest approximation to an experience of skilled oral storytelling on the printed page. Feb 03, Heather rated it really liked it.
I didn't feel too lost, having not read any of the previous books in the series, but there was some things that I was missing from the story. Not the greatest mystery, but the characters were well rounded and McBain made me want to know all of them better.
Would read more in the series. Nov 07, Bill Donhiser rated it liked it Shelves: read-booksadventure. A police procedural Big Bad City - Various - Hot Rodders Delight (CD) a good storyline well done. Jul 21, miteypen rated it really liked it. Nice to know they still hold up. Apr 06, Audrey rated it liked it Shelves: noir. Sunday evening turned a rosy pink and then a deeper blush and then a reddish-lavender-blue and then purple and black, the golden day succumbing at last to night.
It was time to go buy a gun. Synopsis: Three inter-locking cases in the 87th Precinct: a dead nun, an unhinged stalker and a burglar who bakes chocolate-chip cookies. In the course of one very long, hot August in the city, the 87th Precinct has to contend with a dead nun with breast implants and a baking burglar whose career gets away Sunday evening turned a rosy pink and then a deeper blush and then a reddish-lavender-blue and then purple and black, the golden day succumbing at last to night.
In the course of one very long, hot August in the city, the 87th Precinct has to contend with a dead nun with breast implants and a baking burglar whose career gets away from him in a very big way. Oh, and someone's trying to kill one of the detectives. It's hard to talk about this novel without giving away the whole plot. Suffice it to say, it's the 87th Precinct. The same detectives, the same measured pace and gritty realism, but this time with a bittersweet note of time passing, things lost.
Carella's turning forty. He's not well with that. To some extent, I think you could complain that this book becomes The Steve Carella Show, with a majority of the action focusing on him and his case, his angst, his family. But his case is the twistiest, the most difficult and the one that yields the fewest answers.
I had been totally trying to read a different book right now, about Russian exiled royalty, trying to off each other all over s Paris, Egypt and Shanghai, but as soon as this book made it into the house, I had a hard time staying away from it. I just love this series, even when it's a little older, a little slower, a little obsessed with the twilight. It has a right to be. Jul 09, Mike rated it really liked it.
After tearing through a young adult alien invasion series, a very down to earth cops and crime book seemed a good change of pace, and McBain hit the spot. This was a very straightforward set of semi-intertwining stories around one group of homicide detectives.
You get a good feel for the cops personal lives without it being overbearing on the meat of the matter, which are the crimes and the policework involved. Everything was pretty "normal" in the grand scheme of things - a burglary gone sidewa After tearing through a young adult alien invasion series, a very down to earth cops and crime book seemed a good change of pace, Big Bad City - Various - Hot Rodders Delight (CD) McBain hit the spot.
Everything was pretty "normal" in the grand scheme of things - a burglary gone sideways, a killing over minimal amounts of money that really was about much more, and the long lasting impacts violence can hold over people, usually resulting in more violence. For the most part, no one in McBains story is perfect or evil - just all on various points in the scale, much like real life.
There was a certain "this is kinda like one of those cop shows of the 90's" and maybe they were based on this in that there were three or so stories, with the view going back and forth - and you know what, that isn't the worse thing in the world Worth the read when you've had enough of fantasy or romance and need a few hours of just on the streets cops and robbers. The Big Bad City - G Ed McBain In the opening pages, Steve Carella and Artie Brown return to the department with 9 basketball players the 10th player was murdered only to discover a knife fight erupting in a holding cell.
It's a steamy August night, and Carella and Detective Parker end up having to shoot one of the fighters to cool things down. Then Meyer and Kling enter the scene; they're hot in pursuit of the Cookie Boy, a thief who leaves chocolate-chip cookies at every crime sight. Before the interminable day is done, Carella and Brown are called out to Grover Park to investigate a homicide. A nun has been strangled to death, but she's no ordinary Sister.
She's got signs of a breast augmentation operation that hint at a sordid past. Finally, readers are privy to a conversation between Juju and Sonny. Sonny killed a cop's dad, and Juju is convinced that the police will bend the rules to see that Sonny winds up dead.
Juju insists that the only way out of the death trap is to kill the cop first. The officer's name is Steve Carella. And all of this happens in the first 15 pages. McBain is the master of Police Procedurals. Jan 02, Joshua Emil rated it it was amazing Shelves: ed-mcbain-books. The story focuses on two cases. The first to appear is a woman found dead in a park blocks away from the precinct.
The detectives assigned were Carella and Brown; as they go deeper, they uncover secrets the victim kept unusual secrets. The second is a string of burglary and robbery perpetrated by The Cookie Boy, who leaves cookies on every crime scene. Besides from these cases, a stalker is closing in on one of the men of the 87th Precinct. This is has been one of the best police procedural I The story focuses on two cases.
This is has been one of the best police procedural I have read since William J. Caunitz's Pigtown. They are correct in information about what was happening in the world and guess what? It fits today perfect! Nothing is new! Apr 29, Mike O'connell rated it really liked it. Another fast paced 87th Precinct mystery.
Recommended for all readers. Sep 19, wally rated it really liked it Shelves: mcbain. Oct 23, Irene B. McBain is popcorn for the brain. This is one of the better ones.
I read them to find out how his characters' lives progress. Big Bad City - Various - Hot Rodders Delight (CD) 24, Carolyn Rose rated it liked it. It's always a good police-procedural read when I check in with Steve Carella and the guys of the 87th Precinct and ride along as they solve a couple of cases. Jun 08, L. Lawson rated it really liked it. He's a master of dialogue and moving the story forward.
Mar 03, LInda L rated it it was amazing. Wonderful -- I loved it and can't wait for more 87th stories. That was before a suspect in the precinct cage knifed a fellow suspect before being shot by Detective Carella. That resulted in two teams of paramedics being brought in and the obligatory visit from Internal Affairs Detectives on a mission to determine what the heck happened.
Then there are the murders. One murder is the dead young lady found in Grover Park in front of a park bench. One could tell by looking at her throat she had been strangled, Big Bad City - Various - Hot Rodders Delight (CD). Detectives Brown and Carella had been ready to call it a day and go home when their boss, Lieutenant Brynes sent them out on the case.
A case that is going to become incredibly complex. Detectives Mayer and Kling have been on that case quite a while. A case that may now involve two murders. The detectives are not the only ones on the hunt in the city.
So too is a man bent on revenge. His target is one of the detectives of the 87th precinct. Like some of the other two legged predators that travel through New York City, murder is on his mind. Like others in the series, it is a solidly good read. As noted in the above quote, this is not a read for cozy readers who prefer sanitized language and situations. Parents Guide. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews.
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