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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (430 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Ed McBain Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The 87th Precinct Series Release Date: January 2000 ISBN: 9780743519649
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THE CELEBRATED FIFTIETH NOVEL OF THE 87TH PRECINCT

The hanging death of a nondescript old man in a shabby little apartment in a meager section of the 87th Precinct is nothing much in this city, especially to detectives Carella and Meyer. But everyone has a story, and this old man's story stood to make some people a lot of money. His story takes Carella, Meyer, Brown, and Weeks on a search through seedy strip clubs and to the bright lights of the theater district. There they discover an upcoming musical with ties to a mysterious drug -- and a killer who stays until the last dance. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ed McBain is, by far, the best at what he does. Case closed.”

    People

  • Ed McBain is, by far, the be st at what he does. Case closed. People
  • “McBain remains simply at the top of his game…The Last Dance [is] a great piece of writing.”

    USA Today

  • “Penzler Pick: When it comes to the novels of big-city cop life revolving around a single station house’s daily dramas, Ed McBain wrote the book—fifty of them, in fact. And whatever one thinks of the virtues of NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, or even Law and Order, there’s the undeniable truth that McBain was there first, with his wonderfully reimagined New York. (Fans know that Isola is the stand-in for the borough of Manhattan, Riverhead for the Bronx, Majesta for Queens, Calm’s Point for Brooklyn, and Bethtown for Staten Island.)…Celebrating the publication of the fiftieth novel in a series that stays amazingly fresh and incredibly readable is no small thing. This much-loved and seminal writer is a national treasure. If you’re a mystery reader, you’ve undoubtedly read Ed McBain. If you haven't read one for a while, try this one. It’s so good it will immediately send you scurrying back for the ones you missed.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The 50th novel of the 87th Precinct is one of the best, a melancholy, acerbic paean to life—and death—in the fictional big city of Isola…This is McBain in classic form, displaying the writing wisdom gained over more than 40 years of 87th Precinct novels (the first appeared in 1956) to deliver a cop story that's as strong and soulful as the urban heart of America he celebrates so well.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “McBain is still the grandmaster of the police procedural. As always, he has created a first-rate mystery for the police of Isola (a.k.a. NYC).”

    Library Journal

  • “The fiftieth 87th Precinct novel—though Carella has just turned 40—is the typically accomplished mix of police procedure, characterization, social commentary, and tight plotting that has long distinguished this landmark series.”

    Booklist

  • “McBain plots masterfully, each new encounter winding the skein tighter.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/7/2014

    " 2 1/2 out of 4 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaoru Suzuki | 1/1/2014

    " I haven't read 87th Precinct series for a long time. But I enjoyed reading the story and seeing my favorite detectives again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/13/2013

    " This was a good read. I was mystified as the detectives as to who was murdering people who had seemingly nothing in common. Was it a serial killer or just coincidence? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Emil | 12/9/2013

    " It was a classic example of Law and Order. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vela | 12/2/2013

    " boring............... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/12/2013

    " ehh... a bit scatter brained "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryn | 4/9/2013

    " This is far from the best of McBain, but is well plotted and explores recurring character Fat Ollie Weeks to good effect. Despite being a relatively recent entry to the 87th Precinct series, this reads as somewhat dated and anachronistic. Good for a fan but not where I would introduce a new reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 10/31/2012

    " Not the best book in the series, but still a good solid entry that also tackles issues of race and police brutality without getting preachy. Nicely done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 8/19/2012

    " predictable but entertining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 5/18/2012

    " When an old man is hanged, Detectives Steve Carella and Meyer Meyer unfold his life's story to determine who killed him for his money. This is part of the 87th Precinct sees that explores the dark side of the city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marionette G. Diaz G. | 4/3/2012

    " It's good. Certainly a page-turner. Although, it really is not for all ages. Some words are hard to understand. And the flow of events seem a little bit confusing. But I liked it! All in all, it's good! ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shawn stapleton | 10/12/2011

    " Wally a security guard recommended this author because the details are the same when he worked there years ago easy to listen during our trip "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 8/8/2011

    " Another good 87th precinct book. Three seemingly unrelated murders come together at the end. One major disappointment - a minor recurring character in the series is killed. I was crushed by that - I liked him a lot! Oh well, at least it wasn't my main man Steve! Good book, as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 8/3/2011

    " This another Ed McBain 87th precinct novel, but it also involves Fat Ollie who uses his W. C. Fields accent. This was narrated by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alessandro | 7/13/2011

    " Classic enjoyable McBain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 5/21/2011

    " procedural novel. well done as always "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernard A. | 4/15/2011

    " As I read this book, I found myself smiling and realizing, "This is how it's done." McBain's dialogue is an art form in itself, at once natural and funny. The plot is simple and direct with enough of a twist to keep the reader turning pages. This is a great read by a master of the art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marionette G. Diaz G. | 2/5/2011

    " It's good. Certainly a page-turner. Although, it really is not for all ages. Some words are hard to understand. And the flow of events seem a little bit confusing. But I liked it! All in all, it's good! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/11/2010

    " This was a good read. I was mystified as the detectives as to who was murdering people who had seemingly nothing in common. Was it a serial killer or just coincidence? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 9/4/2009

    " Not the best book in the series, but still a good solid entry that also tackles issues of race and police brutality without getting preachy. Nicely done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 7/23/2009

    " procedural novel. well done as always "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/7/2008

    " 2 1/2 out of 4 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shawn | 3/26/2007

    " Wally a security guard recommended this author because the details are the same when he worked there years ago easy to listen during our trip "

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About the Author
Author Ed McBain

Ed McBain is the most well known pseudonym of Evan Hunter (1926–2005), the author of over eighty novels and several famous screenplays. He is a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award and the Diamond Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers Association. His books have sold more than one hundred million copies, ranging from the more than fifty titles in the 87th Precinct series to the bestselling novels written under his own name. McBain also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.