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Ice (87th Precinct)

Ice (87th Precinct) [Kindle Edition]

Ed McBain
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Snow whips through the city’s streets like lethal daggers when a young actress leaves the theater after her latest performance. She walks home instead of taking the subway, and soon the snow on the ground is stained red with her blood. A cold, hard winter is blowing in, and it’s bringing greed and murder.

For Detectives Carella, Kling, Meyer, and Brown, the sudden storm that has covered the city in a suffocating sheet of ice is only the beginning of their problems. From a multimillion-dollar showbiz scam and diamonds spilling out of a dead man’s vest to a cold-hearted rapist prowling the streets and a stone-cold murderer on the loose, the frozen grip of fear is strangling the city. It is up to the men of the 87th to bring the heat.

Bestselling author Ed McBain pulls out all the stops in Ice, a classic installment of his famed 87th Precinct series that blends intense plotting, biting dialogue, and gripping suspense. The New Yorker hails Ice as “a real stunner!”

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: 1085 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B87R5KM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,728 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lurid but beautiful, engrossing yet repellent. 23 Sept. 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
Ed McBain was well into his long series of 87th Precinct books by the time the time he produced this one in 1983. This one is longer than most and has a huge cast. Social groups depicted include theatre personnel, drug dealers, diamond merchants, and of course the familiar 87th precinct cops. Accordingly, there are a huge number of suspects for the reader, and possibly the author, to finally attach to the various crimes committed.
Binding together all the disparate elements is the symbol ice. It represents the drugs that lie behind many of the crimes, it coats the night streets of New York where many of the crimes are committed, it seems to run through the veins of many of the dealers, rapists, charlatans and cheats that are encountered here, and its fragility typifies the fragility of law and order and even decent relationships in this so-called centre of civilization.
Lurid yet often beautiful, engrossing yet often repellent, this is certainly a McBain book that can be included amongst his best.
Garrick Hagon has become expert at providing audio unabridged versions of McBain's books. He estimates and provides the correct tone perfectly. His 1998 reading of this book, duration ten and a half hours, is one of the best in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hot And Cold 23 Nov. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
“Carella had learned early on in the game that if you wanted to survive as a cop, you either took nothing at all or you took everything that wasn’t nailed down. Accept a cup of coffee on the arm from the guy who ran the local diner? Fine. Then also take a bribe from the neighbourhood fence who was running a tag sale on stolen goods every Sunday morning. A slightly dishonest cop was the same thing as a slightly pregnant woman.”
I came across a copy of Ice by Ed McBain on the table of books being sold off by my library. The name’s familiar and the cover interesting, so I figured it was a chance worth taking. I didn’t pay much and the book was worth that at least.
I’m in two minds about it. There are some wonderful aspects to the novel and there are some unappealing ones, too.
It opens strongly with the murder of a young dancer as she returns home in the snow. The key to the killing in terms of the investigation is that the weapon was also used in the shooting of a small-time drugs dealer named Paco Lopez.
There’s a leap from here into a police station, the 87th Precinct. There’s a heavily pregnant prostitute, a cell full of vocal drunks and a cast of police officers as long as the law’s arm. I thought immediately of Hill Street Blues in terms of the feel of the station. What is much more difficult to settle into on the page as opposed to on the screen is the chopping and changing from one place to another. McBain flicks between one point-of-view to another without warning. I found that to be disconcerting and it had me re-reading at several points to catch the change.
This shifting from one head to another carries on throughout the book. I did get used to it, but never really was entirely convinced by the style.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Prefer Hill Street Blues 6 Jun. 2009
By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE
This is one of a large number of '87th Precinct' novels which are meant to typify the 'police procedural' genre of crime writing. It is strikingly reminiscent of the TV programme 'Hill Street Blues' using an ensemble cast. If you like that programme this is very much for you.

The core murder story is told well without ever gripping and I have to confess it required a dose of determination to persevere to the end. It struck me as an author going through the motions with another one to pay the mortgage. That is not to say it is bad, just routine.

Mr McBain creates an excellent villain in the mad monk Brother Anthony with his obese girlfriend Emma. It indicates the problem with this novel that I wished he could have developed these characters rather than dispose of them as the baddies.

I finished this wishing I had rather watched a good one and half hour film version than have expended the seemingly endless hours it took to get into, stay with and then finish the book. Disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great detective novels 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many words 29 Aug. 2014
By S M E.
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I have never read a book with so many unnecessary words in it. Several times I put it down as verbal diarrhoea but for my own sake I had to continue reading it to the very End. I was taught as a young child never to leave a book unfinished. I am now 79 !! So few books not finished. But this book nearly got me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A seriously twisty turney plot 24 Mar. 2014
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An ex-dancer. lies on the pavement, bleeding into the snow. The detectives of the 87th precinct are learning a multimillion dollar scam when they find diamonds in a dead mans vest. As the detectives search for evidence, a killer is one step ahead, and the search still goes on
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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 books and find them easy to read. They are quite short but I like the characters.
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