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Eighty Million Eyes [Hardcover]

Ed McBain
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Oct 1966
Another installment in the enormously popular series of police procedurals set in the 87th Precinct finds detectives Meyer and Carella on the case of the televised death of a beloved television comedian. Reprint. NYT.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition edition (Oct 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241907551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241907559
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,361,891 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mcbain in cracking form 24 Aug 1999
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Format:Paperback
set in the world of televison light entertainment, Steve Carella is on the hunt for the murderer of comic Stan Gifford. As usual Mcbain keeps the reader guessing as to this is...togehter with a supporting cast of characters this is an excellent read. I've been a Mcbain fan for several years and this is one of his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NUMBER 21 AND STILL VERY GOOD! 16 Aug 2002
By Mac Blair - Published on Amazon.com
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Another good one by Ed McBain. This is really two stories in one book as there are two different investigations going on at the same time. One is about Stan Gifford, a TV comedian, who dies while on the screen. Was he murdered or did he kill himself? He was thought to be loved by all but it turns out many, many people connected with the show wanted him dead. Through good police work Steve Carella and Myer Myers close in on the killer. Who did the dirty deed? The other story is about Cindy Forrest and a man who shows up at her office, he won't leave and beats up the policeman who is called. She does not know who he is. Bert Kling is assigned to this case. He has had contact with Cindy in a previous book and she does not like him at all. He tries to get of the case but his LT. says no. Bert spends much time with Cindy but after he leaves her one night the man breaks into her apartment and beats her up. Bert then take off on his on investigtation to find the man. Again through very good lab work and Klings police work the man is finally found. A very good police book that explains how things work and how they are but together to come up with the right answers. In most cases you can't go wrong with McBain.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars N/A 2 Dec 2012
By N/A - Published on Amazon.com
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i'm a mystery lover and ed mcbain's 87th precinct has always been the best i've read other books y him thy're great as well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual 8 Jun 2014
By Jbahno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
the storytelling within the story never fails to impress the reader. can't wait to read his next work. I am hooked !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eighty Million Eyes 6 Mar 2012
By taurus - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the 87th precinct. The characters are interesting and believeable. The stories are a quick read, but well written. I have read many of Ed McBAins books and have enjoyed every one. Taurus
5.0 out of 5 stars great 28 Jun 2014
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
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the 87th precinct novels are very well written and have a really good plot to them I have really enjoyed reading them
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