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He Who Hesitates (87th Precinct) [Kindle Edition]

Ed McBain
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Roger Broome is in the city to sell the woodenwares he and his brother handcrafted in their shop upstate—and he does so with stunning success. To celebrate, he goes out to enjoy the fruits of his labor and winds up in a bar, where he meets Molly. They have a few drinks and then head back to his room.

Now Molly is dead, and only Roger knows what happened.

The men at the 87th would surely love to get that information from Roger…if they even knew he had it. While Roger wants to report what he knows to the detectives, he struggles to reach out to them when a Spanish beauty named Amelia makes him forget everything else in his life. And with each missed opportunity, Roger delays justice from being served.

One of the 87th Precinct series’ more gripping and psychologically intense installments, He Who Hesitates is bestselling author Ed McBain at his finest as he delivers a brooding, suspenseful thriller Newsday hails as “a tour de force!”

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: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612181651
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B87R5B6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,593 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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Have been a fan of Ed McBain for 50 years, and have collected and re-read all the 87th Precinct books during that time. Now I'm going back to the 87th - this time with ebooks. This is one of the few McBain stories that I haven't really enjoyed, mainly because, although it's categorised as a 87th Precinct novel, it's not really about the characters that you come to know. It's a different take on the usual format, but for me I wasn't really interested in the main character in this, and wanted to engage more with the regular 'bulls' of the 87th. It's not badly written, the story's as well constructed as you would expect from McBain, but if it was the first 87th Precinct I'd picked up, I'd not be too engaged to pick up another. An interesting read if you know the 87th - but not the usual page turner. I can usually read an 87th in one sitting - it took several attempts to get through this one, I'm afraid.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best 25 Oct. 2013
By PWS
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Good not great. The book demonstrates what an excellent story teller Ed McBain was but it falls short in my opinion of being a great 87th precinct book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best 14 Oct. 2013
By Biggles
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Rather disappointed with this one. It was ok, I read it to the end, but the story as the story unfolded I realised what the end would be.
The smain subject of the story is slightly "slow", supposedly lived and raised in the rural backwoods, struggles with his conscience - I won't give more away, but recommend you try some other Ed McBain stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure 28 May 2013
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It was an unusual story not the sort that I would normally choose to read. I kept wanting to give the main character a sharp kick to get the story moving. I felt a little let down by the ending. I would not say that this was "A must read"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anticipation deeper than confirmation. 7 April 2013
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This book sets a good depth of anticipation, which diminishes as the story proceeds. By the end, there is no surprise or fulfilment of the plot.Worth reading if only to confirm the vacuity of the plot.
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Delivered ok to my old kindle, which later died, and my ipad. How do I get this book transferred to my new kindle, which works fine and is properly registered, without paying again? Have checked and new books deliver OK to both. This is a nuisance as I have paid for several books I cannot seem to get back. I would like a reply Peter Kennedy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, obvious story that drags on and on 11 Nov. 2014
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Disappointing book. The story is obvious after the first chapter but unravels painfully slowly. The 87th precinct characters are painfully shoehorned in and serve no real purpose. Not sure if this is setting things up for a future novel but really should have been a stand alone book and not part of the 87th precinct series.
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