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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Michael Arkin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The 87th Precinct Series Release Date:
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It should have been the night that launched a new pop idol. Tamar Valparaiso is young and beautiful, with the body and voice of an angel. The stage is set for her to launch her debut album, Bandersnatch, on a luxury yacht in the heart of the city. But halfway through her performance, masked men drag Tamar off the stage and into a waiting speedboat, while the partygoers look on helplessly.

Detective Steve Carella is just showing up for the graveyard shift when news of the kidnapping comes in. Working disjointedly with a Joint Task Force that calls itself "The Squad," Carella and the men and women of the Eight-Seven must find Tamar before time -- or indeed her very life -- runs out.

In this brilliant look at the music industry, Ed McBain once again combines his mastery of form with the fast-paced dialogue and intricate plotting that have become his signature. Download and start listening now!


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  • “McBain takes us through the looking glass and into the surreal world of the music business. Armed with lots of informative dope on the cutthroat marketing practices of this $12 billion industry, McBain spins a riotous, if ultimately sobering, tale about a record release that goes awry.” 

    New York Times

  • “The grand master of the police procedural certainly hasn’t mellowed. In fact, this newest installment might be one of his most delectably cynical, out-and-out corrosive tales since he started writing the series in 1956…This is McBain as savagely satisfying as a very rare filet mignon.” 

    USA Today

  • “This is not McBain at his grim, gritty best, but McBain in an antic mood, having fun with a crime caper that keeps us smiling until the very end, when he delivers a kick in the teeth that reminds us that at heart he is a writer with an extremely dark view of our species.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Proves he can still deliver the goods in this, vital, insightful, and timely tale that satirizes everything from fat-cat politicians to the glam music industry…the undisputed master of the field.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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