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Cop Hater (87th Precinct) [Kindle Edition]

Ed McBain
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Book Description

As a cop with the city’s famed 87th Precinct, Steve Carella has seen it all. Or so he thinks. Because nothing can prepare him for the sight that greets him on a sweltering July night: fellow detective Mike Reardon’s dead body splayed across the sidewalk, his face blown away by a .45.

Days later, Reardon’s partner is found dead, a .45-caliber bullet buried deep in his chest. Only a fool would call it a coincidence, and Carella’s no fool. He chalks the whole ugly mess up to a grudge killing…until a third murder shoots that theory to hell. Armed with only a single clue, Carella delves deep into the city’s underbelly, launching a grim search for answers that will lead him from a notorious brothel to the lair of a beautiful, dangerous widow. He won’t stop until he finds the truth—or until the next bullet finds him.

The debut novel from EdMcBain’s gritty 87th Precinct series, Cop Hater was hailed by the New York Times as “the best of today's procedural school of police stories—lively, inventive, convincing, suspenseful, and wholly satisfactory.”


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    The classic first novel of the 87th Precinct

    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: 744 KB
    • Print Length: 226 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183700
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00B87R5FC
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,920 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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    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cop Hater, Ed McBain 4 Nov. 2004
    By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    This, this first novel of McBain's 87th Precinct, is the one that set him on the path to greatness. Before I read it, I'd heard vaguely of him, but wasn't exactly rushing to start a series with over 50 entries. Now THAT, is impressive. In the 40 years plus since this series began, McBain has written a huge number of them, enough to make it [probably] the longest police procedural series ever. It also has the unique twist that there is no central character, but a squad-room full of them who are built upon book-by-book.
    I read this book rather timorously, I was expecting it to be okay, no fireworks. To some extent, that's true - there are no fireworks, exactly, but it was so incredibly entertaining to read that I've now purchased every single entry that's currently available in Britain, and have started to gobble them up. So far, I highly recommend every single one.
    McBain uses everything: forensics, psychology, melodrama, character, etc etc, to move his stories along. They're snappy, fizz with energy and wit, small bites of sarcasm, and are superbly enjoyable. That's as good a thing as can be said about a novel, really. This first entry is a rather simple story concerning a killer who seems out to get the boys of the 87th Precinct, but it clips along at a great pace, introduces us to some brilliant characters who just get better as the series progresses, and makes a brilliant tapestry of police investigation. I loved it. (Obviously, that's why I bought the rest.)
    If you've never tried McBain before, this is an ideal place to start now that Orion seems to be reissuing them all, after having been out of print for so long.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cop Hater - Ed McBain 3 May 2004
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    This is the first book in a series of approximately 55 or so (and still counting!) McBain introduces you to the detectives of the 87th Precinct, particularly Carella, Meyer and Kling who feature heavily in the rest of this wonderful crime series.
    The book opens with a cop murdered in cold blood with no clues as to who did it, as the detectives are left reeling over this mindless killing, another is killed, again with no real clues or suspects.
    It's not a deep book where there are so many twists and turns that you get confused, but it carries enough weight to keep your interest up - I loved it and have since collected nearly all of the 87th series.
    Can't recommend Cop Hater highly enough!
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cop Hater 14 Sept. 2012
    By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This is the very first of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels and was first published in the US in 1956 (although it wasn't released in the UK until 1958). In the introduction, Ed McBain explains how the series came about and why he decided to base the books on a squadroom of police detectives, as opposed to one particular hero, and why he opted for an anonymous city, loosely based on New York. Does it matter that the book is now somewhat dated, that the slang is obviously from another era and that the characters hardly age as you read through the series? Not at all. Ed McBain created a whole world around these characters and, if you do read this series, you will get to know, and love, them.

    One of the main characters in this series is Steve Carella, who appears in this first novel. There is a heat wave in the city and the detectives are faced with enough problems when a member of the squad is gunned down in an apparently motiveless murder. When another detective is also shot, it is apparent that there is someone targeting the 87th Precinct - but why and who? If things were not bad enough, the press have their own ideas about the murders which make a bad situation infinitely worse. This is a fantastic start to a very long running series which, unlike most, just gets better and better.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Light reading 5 July 2013
    By DeiryMe
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Light on details and characterisation. If you're used to recent American crime writers this has little of interest but passes a few hours. Dated.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hoorah! McBain on Kindle at last! 14 Mar. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Fantastic to see Ed McBain's 87th Precinct finally make it to kindle. Shame it's only bits and pieces of the series so far ..... You can read the first two but then the 3rd one isn't available yet.

    This is great stuff - short and pithy. Bit old fashioned possibly, but stick with the series and watch whilst the decades go by but the characters age very little! "Cop Hater" is definitely the place to start - you'll meet all the key players in the series in a story that might not be the most original but has a nice little twist!
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    By Jl Adcock VINE VOICE
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    Cop Hater is where Ed McBain started his long-running and brilliant series of 87th Precinct novels in 1956. Reading this slim book again now, it remains fresh, urgent and gripping. The template for all that followed is contained in this one volume, and the introduction by McBain also adds a sense of context to the groundbreaking approach he was taking back then.

    The story itself holds up wonderfully well 57 years on from when it first appeared, and you can't say that about too much fiction in this genre. The sleazy, violent beauty of the city is drawn well, the characters all arrive fully formed and utterly believable, and the narrative is direct and pacy - a style that McBain honed and polished as the series developed. For the time, you get the feeling that the book must have shocked some readers, such is the blatantly violent and sensual nature of the material.

    The Kindle version is well-formatted with no obvious typos, so the e-versions are certainly worth exploring. It is, however, a shame to have seen the price of the 87th Precinct series edge up by a couple of quid since they appeared in March. Under two pounds a shot makes them worth having, now at just under £4.00 for books this slim, they are not so much of a bargain. Cynical marketing I guess.

    Pricing aside, it's fantastic to see these books out again. Anyone yet to discover the wonders of well-told, direct police procedurals in this series should start here and enjoy the journey. Often imitated - but simply never bettered, McBain was a genius at this form of writing.
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    Published 3 days ago by G. Darwood
    5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read , lots of Intrigue !
    This series of books were written over 50 years ago , but could have been written yesterday ! I found that once I picked this book up , I wanted to finish it and read it... Read more
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    There was too much extra detail which slowed down the pace of the story. The ending was contrived and too quickly completed. Read more
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    I love Ed McBain and even at second time of reading this book is exciting and full of suspense
    Published 17 days ago by Mrs Elizabeth Brunton
    5.0 out of 5 stars He is my most favourite author have all is books in hardback and now...
    He is my most favourite author have all is books in hardback and now can have them on my kindle best of both worlds this way I can read them from the begining GREAT.
    Published 23 days ago by JUDD IRVING-MOORE
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    Published 27 days ago by Kindle Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good quick tempo read
    Good start to the series look forward to the next book in the list. Hope it's as. Good as this one
    Published 28 days ago by daiang
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
    This is the first time I have read an Ed McBain novel and I had a job putting it down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to end. Read more
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