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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (340 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Detective Matt Cordell was happily married once, and gainfully employed, and sober. But that was before he caught his wife cheating on him with one of his operatives and took it out on the man with the butt end of a .45. Now Matt makes his home on the streets of New York and his only companions are the city’s bartenders. But trouble still knows how to find him, and when Johnny Bridges shows up from the old neighborhood, begging for Matt’s help, Cordell finds himself drawn into a case full of beautiful women and bloody murder. It’s just like the old days—only this time, when the beatings come, he may wind up on the receiving end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The late McBain had some serious noir chops…A strong cast of characters—from rival private eye Dennis Knowles to tailor’s assistant Dave Ryan—creates a tangled web of deceit, with lies piling up faster than tokens in a subway station.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ed McBain’s novels are like a comfortable pair of shoes—they fit well, and by the end of the day you’re still glad you chose them…Ferrone’s style is all business, with a paced staccato delivery reminiscent of a classic radio program. The result is a performance in which the novel remains on center stage.”


  • “It’s a testament to the depth of his talent that this little-known noir, practically forgotten since its 1958 publication, delivers intrigue, excitement, and humor that plenty of today’s writers would kill for.


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danyale | 2/12/2014

    " Classic mystery with dames and a down and out detective. A fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jamie VW | 2/9/2014

    " As a three-hour read, this book (an early Ed McBain, before he went by that pseudonym) feels like the sketch of a famous painter hanging nearby completed masterpieces, clearly offering up hints of brilliant writing within the detective genre, but not particularly satiating or gripping on its own. Fun and quick, perfect for a bus trip or flight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve | 2/8/2014

    " A solid noir from the Hard Case series. McBain was a master of hard dialogue, and you'll get plenty of that with this early effort from him. You'll also get a great sense of late 1950s New York, with its jazz clubs, language and atmosphere. (I was reminded a bit of the wonderful early 1960s AMC series, "Mad Men.") In other words, the book is dated in all the right ways. On the downside, the murder "mystery" is a bit by the numbers, and I doubt anyone will be surprised at the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sophie | 1/30/2014

    " Enjoyable mystery. Unusual that the hero is such a down-and-out character, but interesting to watch him pull himself up and slip back into detective mode to solve the mystery. I appreciated how the author was able to evoke the heat, the sounds, and the intensity of summer in New York City. And if I was a step or two ahead of the detective at the end, I was willing to overlook it for the street-level view of late 1950s-New York. "

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