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Bread (87th Precinct Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner International; Reprint edition (31 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446604259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446604253
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,648,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Rees on 6 Oct 2013
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This was my first Ed McBain 87th Precinct novel and one of the most satisfying reads in a long time. I couldn't wait to pick it back up and be back with the characters and plot. The writing is economical the plot really well thought out. It moves at a fast pace and keeps you guessing with a series of plot turns and reveals.

The characters have depth and really work well together, held together by great dialogue. They have substance and that air of reality. Although written some time ago, the style is fresh and engaging.

I loved it and can't wait to start my next in the 87th Precinct series. I will always have affection for Bread as my first introduction to McBain's work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Sykes on 15 Oct 2013
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What appeals to a teenager does not necessarily carry over its appeal when we are older. I read this for nostalgia's sake and I quite enjoyed it but I can't say there was anything different from his previous, distantly remembered novels, nor outstanding about it. It's the sort of book that is good for keeping you occupied for a few hours but that's about it. I think there are better thrillers but I wouldn't say it was bad.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By roy h v rainbird on 22 April 2013
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Exactly the genre and old style I was looking for.Great joy to revisit the real old masters of crime writing when squad detectives still rolled their sleeves up, loosened their collars and ties, drank endless coffee, sometimes thumped suspects AND went and solved homicides without mobile phones or whizz-kid iPad technology. PHONE kiosks had to be used and cameras used film! Remember those days???
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stevew2651 on 9 Oct 2013
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This is the first McBain book I have read for over 20 years and have to say it was like welcoming back a long lost relative. It was strange to read that ` Carella`s ` kids are only nine???? but the rest was just fantastic. The 87th for those not having read any is set I think in the 50`s or 60`s era in a fictional American city. No computers or mobile phones, and every investigated through legwork. A great storyline, believable characters, written with style. I look forward to reading more great 87th stories in the future
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 10 Sep 2013
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I enjoy ed McBain's. 87th precinct novels and I enjoyed this one and read it through in one sitting. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on 15 Oct 2013
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The plot is simplified by today's standards but none the less excellent read. The characters are nice and humorous. I would recommend it for an easy read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mrs esther hynes on 9 April 2013
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Have already read all of Ed.Mc.Bains books years ago , and think I still have them in hardback somewhere.
So when I saw them on kindle I thought Great I can read them again he was one of the best crime writers I have ever read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet on 15 April 2013
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I love Ed McBain's books. He has been my favourite author for more than 40 years. A sad day for me when he died in 2005.
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