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Eight Black Horses: An 87th Precinct Novel Hardcover – 14 Nov 1985


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition of This Edition edition (14 Nov. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024111666X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241116661
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,740,573 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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Ed McBain was a pen name of the successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter. Born in New York, McBain served aboard a destroyer in the US Navy during World War II. After earning a degree from Hunter College and briefly teaching high school, he worked for a New York literary agency; his clients included Arthur C. Clarke and P.G. Wodehouse. In 1954, his novel The Blackboard Jungle was published under his legal name, Evan Hunter. His 87th Precinct series is one of the longest running crime series ever published. McBain was also a screenwriter; he adapted a short story into Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and wrote for Columbo as well as the NBC series based on his books, 87th Precinct. The Mystery Writers of America gave him the Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1986, and he was the first American to receive the Cartier Diamond Dagger award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. He passed away in 2005, but his writing remains popular to this day.

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Another "Deaf Man" thriller. Good story, but one wonders when he will ever succeed with his criminal plans, which always go wrong at the last minute! Worth reading.
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By jonah on 27 Feb. 2015
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Superb, as usual. The Deaf Man teases the detectives at the 87th - again. Impossible to guess the outcome. Just what is needed from a top quality police detective book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dash Riprock on 24 Oct. 2010
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Over the years I've read all of the 87th Precinct novels written between the 50s through to the 70s, but came to this one (written in 1984) only recently. It served as a reminder of McBain's ear for dialogue, pacing and development of plot and his ability to make the characters (including the villains) interesting. It's another page turner right to the end - a master at work.
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Ed McBain was such a talented author, he will be missed.
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ed,s usual excellence !
Keep em coming.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LYD3 on 15 Jun. 2006
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Two nightsticks, three pairs of handcuffs, four police hats, five walkie-talkies, six police shields, seven Wanted posters, eight black horses... where would it all end, and how? As Christmas got nearer, the boys of the 87th precinct grew more and more nervous - and mystified. They thought it must have something to do with their old adversary, the Deaf Man. But was he also involved in the murder of the woman whose naked body had been found in the park? And why was he pretending to be Detective Steve Carella? Above all, what would be the equivalent of the seasonal partridge in the pear tree, let alone the twelve lords a-leaping. What did it all mean?
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By Martin McKee on 4 Jan. 2015
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Great read, no one can touch Ed McBain!
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