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Big Bad City (An 87th Precinct Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ed McBain
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East side, west side…homicide. There’s murder all around the big bad city, but especially on the 87th Precinct’s turf, where a young nun turned rock star turned nun again has been strangled in a local park, a pair of illicit lovers have been gunned down in the nude, and an executed pimp just turned up in the river. Detectives Steve Carella and Artie Brown are the two lucky stiffs assigned to crack the cases of these four unlucky ones. But just to lighten the crime wave up a bit, there’s also a slippery burglar on the loose, leaving behind fresh-baked cookies in lieu of thank-you notes for all the valuables he heists. What does any of this have to do with the accidental death of a Florida bar owner eaten by alligators? Only time—and the hard-boiled police work of Carella and Brown—will tell. But while they’re beating the bushes for clues and perps, their every move is being dogged by a jittery ex-con who’s packing heat much more lethal than the blistering summer sun’s…and aiming to pop a well-placed cap in a certain cop.



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"McBain in brilliant, exemplary form" —Literary Review

"The upper echelons of thriller writing" —Daily Express

"You are watching a virtuoso at work...McBain never puts a foot wrong" —Guardian

About the Author

Ed McBain was one of the pen names of successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter (1926–2005). Debuting in 1956, the popular 87th Precinct series is one of the longest running crime series ever published, featuring more than 50 novels, and is hailed as "one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century." McBain was awarded the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 1986 by the Mystery Writers of America and was the first American to receive the Cartier Diamond Dagger award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1425 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0684855127
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FT1N3E0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ed McBain was one of the many pen names of the successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter (1926 - 2005). Born Salvatore Lambino in New York, McBain served aboard a destroyer in the US Navy during World War II and then earned a degree from Hunter College in English and Psychology. After a short stint teaching in a high school, McBain went to work for a literary agency in New York, working with authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and P.G. Wodehouse all the while working on his own writing on nights and weekends. He had his first breakthrough in 1954 with the novel The Blackboard Jungle, which was published under his newly legal name Evan Hunter and based on his time teaching in the Bronx.

Perhaps his most popular work, the 87th Precinct series (released mainly under the name Ed McBain) is one of the longest running crime series ever published, debuting in 1956 with Cop Hater and featuring over fifty novels. The series is set in a fictional locale called Isola and features a wide cast of detectives including the prevalent Detective Steve Carella.

McBain was also known as a screenwriter. Most famously he adapted a short story from Daphne Du Maurier into the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). In addition to writing for the silver screen, he wrote for many television series, including Columbo and the NBC series 87th Precinct (1961-1962), based on his popular novels.

McBain was awarded the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 1986 by the Mystery Writers of America and was the first American to receive the Cartier Diamond Dagger award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. He passed away in 2005 in his home in Connecticut after a battle with larynx cancer.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"The Big Bad City" (1999) is one in the long series of 87th Precinct mystery novels by Ed McBain. It's set in contemporary times, in "Isola," his take on the wonderful city of New York, and boasts a complex, multi-level plot that should please most mystery lovers.

McBain's cop, Detective Steve Carella, is involved in three cases at once. The Cookie Boy, so dubbed by the city's media, is a careful, professional thief, who leaves white boxes of home baked chocolate chip cookies on the pillows of his victims. But, this time, he has stumbled into an occupied apartment, with disastrous, murderous results. The body of a pretty girl has been found in the park: preliminary investigation reveals that she is a nun, Sister Mary Vincent, born Kate Cochran in Philadelphia, and possessor of breast implants. And Sonny Cole, convicted felon who killed Carella's father in the commission of a felony but was somehow found not guilty, is following Carella, planning to kill him, as he believes the detective will inevitably try to kill him in revenge. So McBain's juggling these three interesting plots, though it must be said, they are somewhat mannered and artificial. But he works them out, in a page turner that keeps driving forward.

McBain also did a superior job of rendering New York, its ambiance, its speech, its geography and harsh weather: he was certainly one of the best of the genre writers in this regard. I do get a bit distracted by his made-up names for streets, boroughs and bridges, don't know why he thought that necessary, but I can live with it. The author, who is deceased, was the only American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association's highest award. He also held the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good police procedural 15 Jan. 2012
Format:Hardcover
We have three sub-plots here, all dealt with by members of the 87th precinct - the case of a murdered nun, a burglary which goes horribly wrong, and a criminal's plans to shoot a policeman who had him arrested for murder.

This is good police fiction, albeit without any complexity or twists and turns. I wasn't thrilled about the structuring which saw the threads run into each other without text breaks, potentially throwing the reader into confusion (or was this perhaps a Kindle formatting problem?). All stories also ended a little too quickly for me with everything wrapped up in a few pages.

That said, it wasn't hard to turn the pages here and despite not be overly challenged by the material, I did enjoy the easy writing style and plot elements. 3.5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of McBains finest for years 2 Jan. 2000
Format:Paperback
A superb piece of story-telling. McBain does his usual trick here of combining three stories into one main narrative. You can hardly spot the joins. His best novel for quite a while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic McBain 8 Sept. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Ed McBain does what he does best - intermingles the crime, families, life & loves of the 87th Squadron. If you have read the others, like me, you remain part of the family, growing old with them, still in love with Teddy after all these years, still wanting to be part of it. It was like coming home!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisited 13 Sept. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I hadn't read a McBain 87th in years and years but this proved (as though there could be any doubt!) that they're ALL hugely enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good crime series 5 Oct. 2014
By tcmum
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love the Ed McBain 87th precinct novels and bought 20 when tere was a 'special' kindle daily deal.
It is great to follow the same characters in each book, they all take part in stories to a greater or lesser extent except Steve Carella who is a central pin but they all appear often.
I am glad Ed McBain wasn't encouraged to kill him off early in the series.
All the books are good thriller/cop stories/mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 July 2014
By mikel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very good
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3.0 out of 5 stars 87th Precinct Novels 1 July 2014
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Another 87th Precinct novel, quick read, enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Book is showing its age, not anywhere up to the standard of the British crime writers of today.
Published 2 months ago by Colin Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed after reading that McBain is such a wonderful crime...
Not my taste. I was disappointed after reading that McBain is such a wonderful crime novelist.
Published 4 months ago by Ms
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
BRILLIANT.......again.
Published 4 months ago by Jeff Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars As Great As Ever
Like all McBain books this is a one sitting read.
Published 5 months ago by Robbo
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not one of the better 87th stories.
Published 5 months ago by Mervyn Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
as advertised
Published 6 months ago by James Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Never been disappointed yet by this author
Published 7 months ago by Lynne Slator
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner
Have read many of his books and, like a very good meal, can"t wait to finish it, but then disappointed when you do!
Published 8 months ago by Dianne Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars 87th. Precinct series.
Ed McBain is one of the best down to earth descriptive authors, with a total knowledge of police work, and also a perception of the ups and downs of police work; he is also able to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brumas
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Bad City
rated this book with 5 stars because it is a well written enjoyable read.
I would recommend it to all who like an interesting mystery story.
Published 10 months ago by Vinthumb
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