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LADY KILLER (87th Precinct) [Paperback]

Ed McBain
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3 Dec 2007 87th Precinct
The boys at 87th Precinct received a letter telling them that a lady would be killed at 8pm that evening. They had 12 hours to find a crank or stop a killer. There would be no second chances for the lady if they got it wrong.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (3 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749080183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749080181
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,435 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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'Delivers the goods: dialogue that breathes, characters with heart and characters who eat those hearts, and glints of unforgiving humour... McBain owns his turf' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

About the Author

Ed McBain's real name is Evan Hunter and he has written best-selling books under this name. McBain has won numerous awards including the CWA's prestigious Diamond Dagger Award and the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A quick and straight to the point crime thriller 10 Aug 2014
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There is no filling out of this story with sub plots and intermingling story lines, this is just a straight up "who done it". This is kind of refreshing though as you can just concentrate on the story at hand, without it any confusion.

Great quick read with enough suspense to keep you gripped!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time constraints 23 Jun 2014
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Mr McBain admits that he was on a tight schedule when he wrote this book and I wonder if that influenced his plotline - the 87th receives a letter telling them The Lady will be killed at 8. What follows is a tense search for a victim and a killer. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrative is linear and spare and yet full of wonderful description which really sets the atmosphere - you really feel the heat and tension. Heartily recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quick write and a quick read 11 Jun 2014
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In the introduction published in the Kindle version of "Lady Killer", McBain tells us that he rattled this particular title off pretty quickly, as he wanted to enjoy his family holiday - and had people coming to stay. The result? A story written against time, and set in a race against time, where the cops of the 87th Precinct have little more than 12 hours to track down a potential killer on the streets.

As usual, it's well-done if perhaps a tad unlikely, but McBain delivers his intention of producing a page-turner that keeps you guessing right to the end. These short, early, 87th Precinct titles have a lean feel that was lost in some of the later titles - and again, the introduction reveals the reason. Publishers of the early books McBain was contracted to write for only wanted 180 pages max - no more, no less. Ah, if only more publishers were like that these days.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lady Killer. 18 Dec 2013
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Another good story from the author. Several stories within the main plot keeps you interested throughout,easy to follow and great characters.
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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 Reviewed again 3 Oct 2013
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Ok read but not his best.His best was Jigsaw and Candyland.Why is there a necessity to write more than I feel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 18 Aug 2013
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Not a who did it but a who's going to do it. The 87th precinct get a letter telling them that a lady is going to be killed at eight and they have to stop the killer. A great read. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another A1 from Mr McBain 27 May 2013
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As always, everything I expect from Ed McBain. The whole book is tightly written, moves along at a fair pace, and the characters are well developed as realistic people, with vices and virtues. This is part of a superb series produced over a long period of time, and the ideal is to read them in sequence if possible.
The only downside is that the author is sadly no longer with us.
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