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Ed McBain
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12 Mar 2013 87th Precinct
Detectives Brown and Carella answer a call to a double homicide. One guy broke in and another defended himself and now they both are dead. The case seems open and shut. Except for one piece of evidence: a torn picture in one of the dead men’s hands. When insurance investigator Irving Krutch turns up at the squadroom with another piece of the photograph, Brown and Carella realize their tidy little case isn’t so tidy after all. In fact it leads back to a six-year-old bank robbery that left the four robbers dead and $750,000 missing. Now they must search for the next missing piece of the picture…

A fascinating, intense crime thriller, Jigsaw is bestselling author Ed McBain at his finest. With relentless pace and genius plotting, this installment of the 87th Precinct series weaves an unforgettable tale of greed and murder.

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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477805494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477805497
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,390 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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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced easy read thriller 28 Mar 2013
By Susan
Format:Kindle Edition
A great read, which I didn't want to put down.
Pieces of an old picture are supposed to lead to the proceeds from a bank robbery which took place 6 years earlier, but all of the original gang were killed by police fire soon after the robbery.
Does the picture actually show where the proceeds are?
Does the picture exist?
Has the picture been split up and who were the pieces given to?
Who has them?
Will the police officers from the 87th Precinct find the unknown assailant who is also trying to find the pieces of the picture, whilst murdering his way through the possible picture holders?
You will have to read on to find out!
A really enjoyable book to read, once you have pieced together the characters in the first couple of chapters, but definitely persevere and read on. I can't believe I have only just found this author and have already purchased all of the other books in the series.
Well done Amazon, kindle and ebooks for bringing him to the fore
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime with a difference 17 May 2013
By bekin
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I love the 87th precinct series, and I'm really thrilled to know that I've a total of about 50 novels to enjoy. With each book I love getting reacquainted with the detectives. It's a delicious feeling akin to meeting up with loved family members. And McBain's gentle humour and comments on life strike a chord whoever and wherever you are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read! 12 Jun 2013
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The cross talk between the officers and even the suspects is so funny at times. A good enjoyable read indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This was the first of the books in this series that I have read, and although very enjoyable and well written, it was a little trite and formulaic. I will probably read others, though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashion detective novel! 4 May 2013
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Straight forward detective novel but it does have a few twists? Enjoyed it as the author did not try to get to complicated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 31 Dec 2013
By graham
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Ed McBain is a brilliant writer, I have never been disappointed with any stories I have read.
This is a good one, despite the number of characters in the plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery 25 Jun 2014
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Not read any 87th precinct books before but really enjoyed this one quite a lot of banter in it might try another one sometime
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jigsaw 20 Jun 2014
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Mc Bain is a brillliant author and have read most of his books which are always very good and enjoyable
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