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Cop Hater (Armchair Detective Library) Hardcover – 24 Jan 1991


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  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; 1st Armchair Detective Library Ed edition (24 Jan 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922890064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922890064
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,170,071 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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The classic first novel of the 87th Precinct --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ed McBain (1926-2005) was born Salvatore Lambino in New York. He changed his name to Evan Hunter and under that name is known as the author of The Blackboard Jungle and as the writer of the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. The 87th Precinct series numbers over fifty novels. McBain was a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and was one of three American writers to be awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov 2004
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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 By A Customer on 3 May 2004
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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 By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sep 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. O'Connor on 19 Jun 2013
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Very dated and a bit pedestrian cop / crime novel set in the 40's / 50's in a fictitious US City.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DeiryMe on 5 July 2013
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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 By Kevan James on 14 Mar 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mrs valerie barker on 9 May 2013
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i chose this book on the strength of the author,having read one book prevoiusly but i don'.t like this one at all.it just seems to ramble on and not get anywhere
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david allwood on 3 May 2013
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I have read most of the 87th precinct novels ( years ago) and I am ecstatic that they are now coming onto kindle.
OMG I cant wait for the rest to come on board so that I can read again about Bert Kling, Steve Carella and the rest of the detectives.
The deaf man is one to watch out for.
By the way, Steve's wife is an amazing addition to the sub plot and if you can read them in order you will fall in love with them all.
These books were of course the ones which led to the creation of tv programmes like Hill Street Blues etc.
Ed Mc Bain's real name(poss) is Evan Hunter. read his books. Brill. Budwing and the blackboard Jungle are the best 2 books ever.
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