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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain, Evan Hunter Narrator: Mark Blum, Linda Emond Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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While Evan Hunter is known for his powerful novels and screenplays, Ed McBain is known for portraying the soul of the cop. With Candyland, they join for the first time to write a single story—a powerful novel of obsession.

Benjamin Thorpe is married, a father, a successful Los Angeles architect—and a man obsessed. Alone in New York City on business, he spends the empty hours of the night in search of female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to an early morning confrontation in a midtown bordello and a searing self-revelation. Part I of Candyland follows Benjamin’s fever-pitched search for identity, told in classic Evan Hunter style.

Part II is pure Ed McBain territory. Three detectives discuss a homicide. The victim is a young prostitute who crossed Benjamin Thorpe’s path the night before. Emma Boyle of the Special Victims Unit gets assigned to the case. As the foggy events of the previous night come into sharper focus, it grows clear that Thorpe is a potential suspect. The detailed police investigation is Ed McBain at top form.

Shocking, bold, and compulsively engaging, Candyland is a groundbreaking literary event.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s fun to read, despite the grim nature of its subjects, and given that McBain is Mr. Hunter’s alter ego, it is also a literary gimmick. Candyland has its moments, and throughout it exhibits a smoothness, a professionalism, a gritty energy, and wit.”

    New York Times

  • “The novel is a gimmick, and it is a surprise that it works at all. That it works so superbly is a tribute to the skills of this great storyteller.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The pacing, character development, and thorough knowledge of police procedure and human nature…mark this tidy little mystery.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Superb...A multifaceted, psychologically astute portrait of crime and punishment.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • “Under any name, this man is a master of his craft.”             

    Library Journal

  • “This is a fascinating study of how point of view affects the story being told, but beyond that, no matter who’s writing, it’s a frightening, suspenseful foray into the darkest recesses of the city and the human heart.”


  • “An unusual collaboration, Candyland is written by two men who are the same person. Evan Hunter writes the first half, read in this abridgment by Mark Blum, as a straight novel about a sex-obsessed architect on business in New York. The second half is a police procedural written by Hunter’s alter ego, Ed McBain, and read by Linda Emond. The two stories intersect as Benjamin Thorpe, the lead character of part one, becomes the suspect in the murder of a prostitute in part two. Linda Emond’s narration of the second half, told from the perspective of Special Victims Detective Emma Boyle, is flawless and fascinating. Mark Blum gives a whiny edge to Benjamin Thorpe’s character in the first half, making it no less fascinating and even more human.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marcus Williford | 10/28/2013

    " i want to read this book because it look interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hendo | 7/16/2013

    " This one's a little perverse... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 11/30/2012

    " Really liked the Ed McBain half of the book. The Evan Hunter half was, to me at least, rather pornographic. And yes, I know Hunter and McBain are one and the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 8/8/2012

    " This was a novel written by 2 authors. Half by each. The first was a bit tidious. The second was better but not by much. Oh well. Too much narrative about what everyone had going on their heads. "

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