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2.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 52.94 out of 5 2.94 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781456123994
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Downtown is the wickedly funny story of a Sarasota orange grower who stops for a drink on his way to the airport and suddenly finds himself mixed up with dubious women, small-time actors, drug dealers and killers as the major suspect in a grisly New York City murder.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 11/12/2013

    " Funny in an weird sort of way. Not an 87th Precinct novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oleg | 9/26/2013

    " This book is out of ordinary. Plot is intriguing, action is non-stopping. There are some cliches, but you just might ignore them. End is a little bit out of the book's style, but still, it did not spoil the whole book experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Case | 9/10/2013

    " Except for a couple of inexcusable coincidences, A fun and readable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheldon Lehman | 6/25/2013

    " Very amusing with wonderful twists of plot. Just when you think the protagonist will figure it out...wham! McBain turns the plot again! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 6/22/2013

    " E-book. A little too unrealistic murder mystery, plus the author goes on and on with some of his descriptions - so much so that I start thinking about something else, waiting for him to get past that point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 columbialion | 3/15/2013

    " Not one of McBain's better efforts. Plot and characters are convoluted at best, and the storyline is very confusing. McBain should have left the satirical humor to Carl Hiaasen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 rabbitprincess | 2/9/2013

    " Not as fun as the 87th Precinct series. I think I borrowed this from the library, didn't finish it, then saw it at a used-book store and bought it, forgetting that I had read and abandoned it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Case | 12/14/2012

    " Except for a couple of inexcusable coincidences, A fun and readable book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 columbialion | 10/21/2012

    " Not one of McBain's better efforts. Plot and characters are convoluted at best, and the storyline is very confusing. McBain should have left the satirical humor to Carl Hiaasen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oleg | 8/31/2012

    " This book is out of ordinary. Plot is intriguing, action is non-stopping. There are some cliches, but you just might ignore them. End is a little bit out of the book's style, but still, it did not spoil the whole book experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 rabbitprincess | 12/1/2011

    " Not as fun as the 87th Precinct series. I think I borrowed this from the library, didn't finish it, then saw it at a used-book store and bought it, forgetting that I had read and abandoned it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 11/2/2011

    " Funny in an weird sort of way. Not an 87th Precinct novel "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 8/18/2011

    " E-book. A little too unrealistic murder mystery, plus the author goes on and on with some of his descriptions - so much so that I start thinking about something else, waiting for him to get past that point. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 6/28/2011

    " The first and only McBain book that I have read. I read it because I was told how very funny Ed McBain's books are. I didn't find this one particularly funny and I guessed 'whodunit'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheldon Lehman | 4/3/2011

    " Very amusing with wonderful twists of plot. Just when you think the protagonist will figure it out...wham! McBain turns the plot again! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 columbialion | 3/30/2011

    " Not one of McBain's better efforts. Plot and characters are convoluted at best, and the storyline is very confusing. McBain should have left the satirical humor to Carl Hiaasen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 3/4/2011

    " The first and only McBain book that I have read. I read it because I was told how very funny Ed McBain's books are. I didn't find this one particularly funny and I guessed 'whodunit'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheldon | 1/17/2011

    " Very amusing with wonderful twists of plot. Just when you think the protagonist will figure it out...wham! McBain turns the plot again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 12/2/2010

    " Early McBain doing a fair imitation of Mickey Spillane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 11/4/2010

    " I had never read McBain. This was so much better than I had anticipated. Crackling good dialog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsti | 7/14/2010

    " "She poured three inches of straight bourbon over the ice in her glass. 'Here's to murderers,' she said, 'the goddam world is full of them.'"

    Brief, entertaining noir from 1958. I guessed whodunnit, but that's OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 3/15/2010

    " Except for a couple of inexcusable coincidences, A fun and readable book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 1/12/2010

    " This was a pretty lame hard boiled crime novel. I had the mystery figured out with more than half the book left to go. There just wasn't enough misdirection to fool me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 9/22/2009

    " Typical early McBain, taut and terse. A drunk private eye saves the day and solves the crime. Originally published as I'm Cannon - For Hire under the psuedonym Curt Cannon. This is the second Hard Case Crime books I've read and they both were great fun.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/7/2009

    " Definitely 3 stars. I might have given it higher marks if I didn't have it all figured out so early. It was just a little to simple & obvious. Well done, though. Likable characters, believable motives & setting. Very well setup & played out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/26/2009

    " Interesting to read an old-style detective yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/21/2009

    " A little racy, nothing amazing, but lots of fun. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect from the cover. Really short, good for a plane ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 5/18/2009

    " starts off as a hardboil'd crime novel, quickly reveals it self a slightly better than average novel of plot twists. once the chandler formula of 'females as antagonist' becomes clear, the plot twists just become a bit annoying. an easy sunday read though. not bad, all considered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 4/17/2009

    " Great, straightforward midcentury detective story by genius McBain. Great example of the genre, fast-moving and readable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 4/3/2009

    " The first and only McBain book that I have read. I read it because I was told how very funny Ed McBain's books are. I didn't find this one particularly funny and I guessed 'whodunit'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 9/8/2008

    " Funny in an weird sort of way. Not an 87th Precinct novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 5/2/2008

    " Fun pulp book. I am a HUGE fan of the Hard Case Crime series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 3/27/2008

    " This one is pretty decent, but there are a ton of better Ed McBain books out there. I absolutely love the scenes that take place in the jazz hole, very cool. "

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About the Author
Author Ed McBain

Ed McBain is the most well known pseudonym of Evan Hunter (1926–2005), the author of over eighty novels and several famous screenplays. He is a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award and the Diamond Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers Association. His books have sold more than one hundred million copies, ranging from the more than fifty titles in the 87th Precinct series to the bestselling novels written under his own name. McBain also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.