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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752865641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752865645
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,414 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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"An inventive and absorbing thriller" (CITY LIFE (MANCHESTER), 21 October)

"McBain shows his old skill as he keeps the momentum building" (Susanna Yager DAILY TELEGRAPH, 17 October)

"We love it... the most engrossing, subtle and accurate dialogue, to which he brings a beautifully soft comic touch. They say you should leave them wanting more. McBain always does." (Sandy Balfour THE SPECTATOR, 9 October)

"What a feast for McBain fans..." (WESTERN DAILY PRESS (BRISTOL), 25 September)

"McBain injects a great deal of wit and originality into his inventive storyline. Many writeres try to introduce light and shade into their work in this way, but few make it succeed as well as McBain." (Robert Colbeck YORKSHIRE EVENING POST, 9 October)

"Another gripping and fresh tale -- no mean feat for a series that has been running for 50 years." (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS)

"Ingenious... an incredible series. The dialogue -- wry, laconic and very much up to date -- drives the story along." (IRISH TIMES, 22 January 05)

"An enticing literary puzzle, a teasing crime novel that is a total delight." (THE SCOTSMAN, 22 Jan)

"Very funny writing.. as usual, his supporting characters are drawn quickly, and supply great dialogue, and the wisecracks of the assembled cops bring more than one wry smile. It's all a lot of fun." (Michael Carlson CRIMETIME 2005) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The brilliant new 87th precinct novel from one of crime's enduring legends...

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hornsey on 30 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I was surprised and delighted to find the deaf man return once more. Mcbain's books are always brilliant, but they just seem to go a notch higher when the deaf man turns up again.
This novel twists and turns and torments the police of the 87th Precinct, but is full of humour.
I can have only once criticism- The book is of the "Can't put down" variety and so seems to end way too soon. It must be time to start reading again from "Cop Hater"...
Ed Mcbain, Rest in peace
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GRBD on 4 Dec 2006
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The late, great, Ed McBain surprises everyone with the return of the Deaf Man, an infamous villain, thief and murderer, as Steve Carella, detective-in-charge of a seemingly motiveless killing, begins to receive cryptic messages with Shakespearean references that eventually point to only one man. McBain's oeuvre never fails to thrill, and with brilliant characters and densely layered storylines, the 87th Precinct series thoroughly deserves a place alongside the works of antecedents Hammett and Chandler in the Crime Writers' Hall of Fame.
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The first one of the series that I have read which is up to date in terms of what is happening in the world. Fabulous plot with a surprising ending. 87th Precinct characters are still being developed. They are becoming familiar now. Another solid McBain production.
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By F Fraser on 13 Sep 2013
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McBain's Deaf Man is one of the best villiians in crime fiction and certainly has his game on in this outing. Fab read!
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