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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,437 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The 87th Precinct Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781469217277
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As a cop with the city’s famed 87th Precinct, Steve Carella has seen it all. Or so he thinks. Because nothing can prepare him for the sight that greets him on a sweltering July night: fellow detective Mike Reardon’s dead body splayed across the sidewalk, his face blown away by a .45.

Days later, Reardon’s partner is found dead, a .45-caliber bullet buried deep in his chest. Only a fool would call it a coincidence, and Carella’s no fool. He chalks the whole ugly mess up to a grudge killing until a third murder shoots that theory to hell. Armed with only a single clue, Carella delves deep into the city’s underbelly, launching a grim search for answers that will lead him from a notorious brothel to the lair of a beautiful, dangerous widow. He won’t stop until he finds the truth, or until the next bullet finds him.

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  • “McBain is so good he ought to be arrested.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/20/2014

    " Fun book - first in the series - a long way to go... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry Keller | 2/18/2014

    " This was a good beginning to the series. I have a number of these to read and look forward to getting to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike O'connell | 1/29/2014

    " I just read 87th Precinct Mysteries # 24 and #25. Loved them both. So I decided to start with #1 - Cop Hater. Another fast and entertaining read. Gives you a good view of big city living in the 50's. I'll start #2 this evening - The Mugger. I'm working our three libraries so I hope to be able to read them in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/17/2014

    " A classic in the genre and surprisingly good with a chilling finale "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Holt | 1/16/2014

    " This is the first of the 87th precient books. At times I thought it moved a bit slow, and I think they could have even drug it out a bit more, but I liked it and was a bit upset once I found out who the killer was!! I'm moving on to the 2nd book in the series now!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 1/13/2014

    " Kindle put all the 87th precinct books on sale, so I decided to go back and read them in order--maybe not right in a row but as I get around to it. McBain's calling card is dialog--he's one of the best ever, in any genre. This book doesn't have quite as much as later ones will, and all the characters aren't yet formed, but it's still a compelling, brisk read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 1/9/2014

    " What a great kick ass book. Except for the final 50 pages or so, it could have been written this decade. Great dialogue, swift plotting. It completely captures the inside of a police station. Greatness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 12/31/2013

    " These books were my guilty pleasures. Read every 87th Precinct police procedural staring when I was about 14. Fell madly in love with Carella, and had great affection for all the rest - Meyer Meyer, Cotton Hawes, the whole gang. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hank | 12/24/2013

    " A little bit dated, but I might read a few more of the series to see if they get any better... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 12/21/2013

    " Interesting but not an author I wish to pursue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 12/21/2013

    " Brilliant first book in the long running 87th Precinct series. Very ADDICTING read and fast paced! Did not see the final twist coming! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 12/13/2013

    " Quite enjoyed it although I thought the denouement was pretty weak. Might read one more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/12/2013

    " One of the best of the 87th precinct mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jnagle4 | 11/6/2013

    " A decent crime procedural. McBain's plots are formulaic, and the characters are one dimensional, but the slam-bang action and tight prose make it worthwhile. Think of it as an episode of Law and Order in book form. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Granger | 10/16/2013

    " Great start to the series. It's not a complicated plot, nor a big surprise mystery, but the characters are solid. I really enjoyed "Cop Hater" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 8/23/2013

    " This is obviously an early Ed McBain - written before he perfected his art. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 6/26/2013

    " Over-rated and severely dated. I don't see how this series has lasted as long. But I guess we wouldn't have Law and Order and it's spinoffs without this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 6/11/2013

    " God, remember these, read a lot of these as a teen, i use to use a young Lee Van Cleef as Steve Carella and Yul Brynner as the Deaf Man. prob read a lot more of these but some stand out more than others, best cop stories of the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 6/2/2013

    " McBain's 87th precinct series starts in the 50s with a group of cops and continues with the same group (they never age)until a couple years ago when he died. The characters grow on you and McBain is a terrific plotter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/15/2013

    " Very good book! Great start to the 87th Precinct series. Can't wait to read more. The book holds up surprisingly well for being written in the 1950's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 3/14/2013

    " What a throwback! Just starting this series, first published in the 50's, and enjoying a good detective story from back in the day. Entertaining! "

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