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Ed McBain
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23 Nov 2009
Sy Kramer was handsome, well-dressed, well-heeled - and dead. A blackmailer who'd pushed one of his victims too far, Kramer had earned his last payoff: a bullet in the head. Which of Kramer's pigeons had so much at stake that murder seemed like the best bet? Was it the politician's wife, anxious to conceal her shadowy past? Or the soft drinks king? Or was it that unknown victim who had fattened Kramer's bankroll by the thousands? Or perhaps another blackmailer muscling in on Kramer's territory? The boys of the 87th have a tough case to crack. They must catch the desperate killer before he or she strikes again, and Kramer's blackmail victims are decidedly unwilling to cooperate.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (23 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749080337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749080334
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,727 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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'The snap and crackle of McBain's dialogue is unforgettable. A master' James Naughtie, The Times

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best McBain I've Read So Far 10 Dec 2010
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There are many good examples of Ed McBain's soaring talent as crime writing's best, but "Killer's Payoff" is the best I've read so far, just outdoing "Cop Hater" thanks to its winding narrative. A multi-thread story that takes Hawes and co out of the city (and their comfort zone), there is a lot more explored in this book than in others such as "The Con Man" and the wonderful "Til Death". Perhaps because of the length, we have more time to digest the events and try to figure out where McBain will take us next. As usual, you have an inkling here but don't really know for sure until the sublime finale, where everything is revealed.

Pick up any 87th Precinct book and you are guaranteed a good time, but "Killer's Payoff" sticks out as the most immediately enjoyable. 100 percent recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ed mcbain killers payoff 29 Aug 2013
By Brian
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I got this book because I am re reading all off ed macbain's 87th precinct novels and this one doesn't let you down. recommended. excellent service from seller and book arrived on time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robbo Recomends 7 July 2014
By Robbo
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Great.McBain on top form.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 July 2014
By mikel
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Very good
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 29 Jun 2014
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I found it very slow moving the end ,in my view,did not justify the lack of action or excitement.Purely my opinion of course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master class 22 Jun 2014
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What a great read. Who shot the blackmailer? Slowly and inexorably the team hunt down a murderer but I think this is the first in the series to have a twist at the end where it's not really obvious whodunit. All the usual McBain trademarks are there - a straight, logical plot, spare prose and wonderful characters. This is a great short read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good payoff 13 Jun 2014
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With Amazon discounting some 87th Precinct novels, have been on a binge read of some the early ones which I must have read from my dad's bookshelves over 30 years ago, therefore even then they were "dated", but somehow, once you accept that these stories are a slice of life from half a century ago, you are totally sucked into the story and find yourself plowing to the end in one or two sittings. There is no difficulty getting into a novel about the 87th if you have read some before, it's like you are picking up where you left off with great friends. I enjoy the ones with Carella as the main focus but this was quite enjoyable in that it was Cotton Hawes who was the main protagonist and he certainly seems to have his own way of dealing with things. Also worth getting for the Mcbain intro.
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