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Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (87th Precinct) [Kindle Edition]

Ed McBain
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Book Description

He dresses in black and stalks the streets of the 87th Precinct. He is a shadow, always searching for his next victim. And when he finds it, all that will be left is a severed hand.

For Detectives Carella and Hawes, this new killer is an enigma. He leaves no trace of his crime—no evidence at all. Even the severed hands have had their fingertips sheared off. With nothing much to go on, the detectives work off the hunch that the black-clad killer has a grudge against the 87th, and begin a frantic manhunt before any more of his handiwork appears on their streets.

One of world-renowned crime master Ed McBain’s most grisly and intense novels in the famed 87th Precinct series, Give the Boys a Great Big Hand is a finely tuned build-up of brooding malevolence and frantic desperation…

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    Black, red - and dead! An 87th Precinct Novel

    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: 598 KB
    • Print Length: 202 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00B87R570
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,288 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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read 12 Jan. 2014
    By Jane
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    I have read most of the 87th precinct and really like the characters in them. Easy to read but short.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Big Hand 14 Oct. 2013
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    The title sets the scene, as another tale rolls out in unexpected ways, and it's a guessing game for the reader to work out exactly how it'll be resolved. My aim is to read as many of some 50+ stories of the Precinct - so far I'm only through around 15, which means I've many more hours to appreciate really how good Mr McBain was as a storyteller. I look forward to the future!
    Every one of these books is relatively short, and no words are wasted in building the tension.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Its raining hands 14 Jun. 2014
    Format:Paperback
    It's always great to be back with the boys from the 87th Precinct even when McBain struggles to work a worthy plot line.Hapless beat cop Richard Genaro makes another grisly discovery in the form of a severed hand. McBain turns up the extreme weather (its raining constantly) while he scrambles to fit a story to the discarded appendage. Carella leads the investigation whilst Hawes attempts to charm the local Strippers. Kling adds support. Other than plot this one has Teddy and Carella moving into new digs with the newly born twins. The too brief inclusion of Frankie Hernandez as a Puerto Rican detective. And Carella resorts to violence in the squad room as local bad egg Detective Andy Parker crosses the racism line. It's far from the classic of the previous volume King's Ransom but still time well spent.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars good cop novel 5 Oct. 2014
    By tcmum
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    I love the Ed McBain 87th precinct novels and bought 20 when there 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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Clever title 24 Jun. 2014
    By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    Dick Gennaro, a beat cop last seen in The Pusher, finds a large hand in an airline bag. The boys of the 87th use their usual resources of shoe leather, interviews and intuition to solve the case. The plot may be rather straightforward but the sense of atmosphere - the city and the weather - and the squad's camaraderie and squabbles evoked by Mr McBain are a joy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Ed mcbain 14 Mar. 2014
    By Paul G
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    Having seen several of his books on offer at one time or another, I decided to buy one of them to 'try him out'. I did enjoy it. I wasn't riveted but it was just old fashioned police work with no complications. Have a large backlog of unread books and then I might buy another.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent again! 9 Oct. 2013
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    Well up to standard, Ed is so good at giving us the feel of the big city. It's as if you are watching a film, so vivid is his narrative.
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