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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The 87th Precinct Series Release Date:
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Ed McBain concocts a brilliant and intricate thriller about a master criminal who haunts the city with cryptic passages from Shakespeare, directing the detectives of the 87th Precinct to a future crime -- if only they can figure out what he means.

The 87th Precinct gets a visit from one of the city's most accomplished criminals -- a thief known as the Deaf Man. Because he might be deaf. Or he might not. So little is known about the man who is harassing Detective Steve Carella with puzzling messages that it is hard to tell. But as soon as a pattern emerges, the detectives of the 87th are forced to hit the books and brush up on their Shakespeare -- because each new clue contains a line from one of his plays. Unless they can crack this complicated riddle and beat the Deaf Man at his own cat-and-mouse game, someone is going to end up hurt, or something will be stolen -- or both. It's always so hard to tell with the Deaf Man.

Ed McBain brings his most intelligent and devious criminal back to the 87th Precinct with a richly plotted and literary crime. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “We love it...the most engrossing, subtle and accurate dialogue, to which he brings a beautifully soft comic touch. They say you should leave them wanting more. McBain always does.” 


  • “McBain shows his old skill as he keeps the momentum building.” 

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Another gripping and fresh tale—no mean feat for a series that has been running for fifty years.” 

    Manchester Evening News

  • “McLarty captures the humor, poignancy and, yes, romance of the scene, shifting between the two very different voices with eye-blink speed and even adding asides from an acerbic waitress. It's a magic moment and not the only one to be found in this highly entertaining adaptation.” 

    Publishers Weekly audio review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 5/9/2011

    " book on tape.
    an 87th st book with ame characters plus william shakesspeare and literary allusions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheldon | 3/23/2011

    " This one was really good. I always like the Deaf Man installments; it's sort of like a Holmes/Moriarty sequence. If you like trying to guess ahead this one is a good one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lynne | 2/12/2011

    " Too many loose ends at the end of this for my liking :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by columbialion | 9/12/2010

    " Not one of McBains's best efforts (in my opinion), the plot is much too dependent on the literary acrobatics of pseudoShakespearean clues to the antagonists plot. One odd twist in this story is that the sub-antagonist wins in the end...so in this case the crime definitely pays. "

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