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Calypso (87th Precinct) [Kindle Edition]

Ed McBain
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Book Description

A calypso singer fresh off a gig walks home in a downpour, when shots tear through his head like steel rain. A hooker out on the street in the same miserable weather doesn’t know her final trick will be her last. What brings these two sad ends together…the same gun.

It is stormy in the 87th Precinct and with every hour that passes, every minute the killer stays on the loose, the trail is only going to get colder. But that first clue always leads to another, and Detectives Carella and Meyer find themselves in a dark, twisted world of sex and sadism that ripples through the city’s veins like a virus. If they don’t find their man soon, the sickness will turn deadly again…and again…and again…

Taut and relentless with the brute force of a bullet to bone, Calypso is one of the darkest entries in bestselling author Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series.

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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.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 422 KB
    • Print Length: 254 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00B87R5AM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,586 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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic to see the 87th Precinct on Kindle 14 Mar. 2013
    By Jl Adcock VINE VOICE
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    At last! How brilliant to see Ed McBain's seminal 87th Precinct novels finally appearing in Kindle versions. Calypso - penned in 1979 - is a particularly taut addition to the series. I last read it over 30 years ago, but it has lost none of its freshness or contemporary feel. Carella and co feel like old friends, and even though the wildness of the urban landscape that McBain describes is now decades old, the issues feel bang up to the moment.

    The pared down, TV-dialogue style of writing was pretty revolutionary for the time, and something that McBain had pretty much pioneered when he started the 87th series back in the 1950s.

    Currently retailing at just under £2.00 a book, these titles are hard to resist. It's great to be able to re-visit them again - fingers crossed that the whole series is eventually available again.

    McBain was truly one of the crime writing greats - prolific and yet maintaining quality of plot and writing that other writers can only really dream about.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars good crime series 5 Oct. 2014
    By tcmum
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    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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    By A. Toop
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    I am a recent convert to 87th Precinct books and so have a lot to look forward to. I bought this because I had enjoyed the thfee I had previously read. I didn't think this was quite up to the high level of the others because at it's centre is a most unlikely scenario. Having said that, the detail of routiine police work and the continued development of the regular characters is absolutely delicious. I woould not reccommend it to a first time Ed McBain reader, but if you've got a few under your belt already this will be enjoyable.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 9 Feb. 2014
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    Very interesting story good characters and a little different to most other detective novels McCain is a great crime writer
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not his best 28 Jan. 2014
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    My title says it all. I enjoyed the main gist of the story as I always will with Ed McBain novels, but this one seemed to come to a long shuddering halt after a lot of prefabrication...
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great 20 Nov. 2013
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    One of the few crime writers I love reading, his 87th precinct stories are all good and believable, the characters all seem human and you can relate to them all.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Calypso 28 Oct. 2013
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    This is a great story but a bit explicit in its content. Be warned
    Not his usual style and I have read many also dragged a little in parts.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly good read! 22 Oct. 2013
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    If you like police procedural crime puzzles, with strong character led story-lines Mr McBain rarely disappoints. Another thoroughly good read. Most enjoyable.
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