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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Ron McLart Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Top-dollar McBain…funny and adroit…Imagine your favorite Law & Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBain’s grand, ongoing accomplishment.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “O frabjous day! Ed McBain takes us through the looking glass and into the surreal world of the music business…A riotous, if ultimately sobering, tale.”

    New York Times

  • “Wry entertainment.”

    Washington Post

  • “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

  • “McBain remains as fresh and sharp-edged as ever.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “McBain shows why he’s still the best…[His] writing is tight, his characters believable. Just when readers think they have it all figured out, McBain proves that he is still capable of a shocker.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeremy | 1/17/2014

    " McBain is a master of the quick read crime novel. He created a genre in which the "hero" is the whole department, not a single protagonist. All of his books are great reads and this one was, as usual, good fun for a vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathy | 1/16/2014

    " Does not start with a dead body. Otherwise standard, readable McBain story of cops with a private life, who make sense of realistic evil. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Terry | 1/13/2014

    " What do people see in this guy's books??? Yuck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kirk Dilley | 12/28/2013

    " Lewis Carroll kidnapped by Britney Spears, for 1 million. "

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