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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Charles Stransky Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The 87th Precinct Series Release Date:
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Most serial killers don’t shoot their victims twice in the face with a Glock. Most don’t strike five times in two weeks. And most choose their prey for a reason, not randomly. 

The detectives of the 87th Precinct are stumped by a serial killer who doesn’t fit the profile. A blind violinist taking a smoke break, a cosmetics sales rep cooking an omelet in her kitchen, a college professor trudging home from class, a priest contemplating retirement in the rectory garden, an old woman walking her dogthese are the seemingly chance targets. Their only similarity seems to be age; all are just over 50. Now Steve Carella and his colleagues must learn what else—or who else—the victims had in common before another body is found.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 2/14/2014

    " With the death of McBain this summer, this marks the end of the stories of NYC's finest of the 87th precinct...all of the major characters are involved in this tale that weaves numerous plot lines that eventually merge as a serial killer stalks seniors in NYC...excellent as always...I'll miss the 87th!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/8/2014

    " I will miss the 87th precinct. The detectives are like old friends. This book was published in 2005, the same year that Ed McBain died. There are other 87th precinct titles I have not read, but I will never see Carella's twins grow up. It's sad that to me--well, to all readers--they will be forever 13. Thank you, Ed McBain/Evan Hunter, for years of good reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tony Gleeson | 2/4/2014

    " I finished this very last entry in McBain's 87th Precinct series with a strange sense of melancholy. For the past couple of years I've worked my way through most of the 55 titles in more or less chronological order, and the knowledge that after this there would be no further developments of his rich and motley cast was kind of sad. This one is a quintessential McBain yarn, starting from the multiple themes that derive from the title. The entire detective squad of the 87th becomes involved in a multiple homicide, the first of which is the killing of a blind violinist. There are all sorts of fiddlers and fiddling as the plot grows and deepens in complexity. There are familial, romantic and just plain hormonal relationships among the varied characters. McBain seems to have decided to show everybody in their best light-- even the obnoxious ones like Andy Parker and Fat Ollie Weeks seem softer-edged and on the verge of discovering redemptive traits, though Bert Kling remains a hard-luck lover right to the end. There's no sense of finality here. One could almost believe McBain hoped his characters would live on, continue to grow and have further adventures. (Personally I don't know how I'd feel about that. Salvatore Lombino, aka Evan Hunter, aka Ed McBain, was one of a kind). There is also a certain feeling of playing his characters and plot by the numbers. Maybe it was a good time for the boys of the 87th to go out at the top of their game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fredrick Danysh | 1/24/2014

    " People over 50 are being killed and Steve Carella and his fellow detectives at the 87th precinct have to solve the case and cathch the killer before he kills again. The men of the 87th must also cope with the personal sides of their lives. "

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