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Lady, Lady, i Did it!: An 87th Precinct Mystery (Signet) [Mass Market Paperback]

Ed McBain
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25 Jan 1990 Signet
Who wanted to kill Bert Kling's fiance so badly that he didn't care if he also killed three innocents? Kling, Carella, and the boys of the 87th don't know the answer, but when they find out, the whole city won't be big enough to hide the person responsible.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library; Reissue edition (25 Jan 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451158415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451158413
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,112,554 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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"Ed McBain is the master of the police procedural and, with its great plotting, slick dialogue and wry humour, this doesn't disappoint." (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS (Bradford), 5 Feb ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ed McBain (1926-2005) was born Salvatore Lambino in New York. He changed his name to Evan Hunter and under that name is known as the author of The Blackboard Jungle and as the writer of the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. The 87th Precinct series numbers over fifty novels. McBain was a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and was one of three American writers to be awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great 87th 28 Mar 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great 87th precint novel 2 Sep 2013
By Brian
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I am re reading all of the 87th precinct novels of ed mcbain and this does not let you down the normal guys of the 87th precinct are here and an enjoyable read
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5.0 out of 5 stars MCBAIN GET ANOTHER FIVE!!!!! 19 May 2002
By Mac Blair - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the fourteenth McBain book I have read and I think I have given all of them a five. This envolves the shooting of four people in book store. One of them is Claire Townsend, the girl fiend of Bert Kling, one of the 87th Precinct policemen. The story takes you through the interview of the people who new and were in contact with the four people killed. Why where they killed? Was it just a random thing or was the killer after one of them and didn't care who else he shot? Was he after Claire? All points that way but don't be sure. All the policemen are after the killer because he killed a girlfriend of one of theirs. You can feel the pain and hurt Bert goes through. You can see how hard the others are wanting to catch the killer. A clue is there from the beginning but does not dawn on the searchers until the last. You will be surprised. A book that is short, easy to read and very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, Not too many twists and turns... 24 Jan 2012
By Tristan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is harder to review. I definitely enjoy McBain's style of writing and continue to be amazed by how relevant his characters, crime scenes and conversation is today, year 2012. However, it is this same realism that prevents the story from taking an unexpected turn or twist. Hence, I would classify this story as belonging more to a "realistic crime" genre, rather than a "mystery/thriller", the former being more grounded on the fact that life isn't as dynamic as Hollywood is, and the latter being more for reading enjoyment/whodunit thrill.

This does not take away from the fact that this is an excellently written piece of fiction, and I remain a fan of the author.

Recommendation: Read it, with my disclaimer above.

Update: Now that I have read more of the 87th precinct books, my appreciation for Lady, Lady I Did It has increased. If you read the series in order, from the start, you will have a deeper connection with Kling and Claire, two key characters in this segment. That connection will make this one a more emotional read, thus making it come more alive than if you read it as a stand alone novel, which is kind of how I approached it when I first reviewed this book. My updated rating is a 4.5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great even for McBain 30 Mar 2000
By Jill Moloney - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must read for every 87th precinct fan. It provides that gritty McBain action, along with some important emotional moments for our favorite homocide detectives. Bert Kling loses someone close to him in a tragic accident. Bert and the whole precinct doggedly pursue the killer which leads to a thrilling climax.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 2 Mar 2012
By Madame34 - Published on Amazon.com
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It is good to know that there are quite a few books in this series. Lady, Lady, I Did It was my first foray. I intend to read another one soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady, Lady I did it 5 Mar 2014
By LB - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked this book. McBain's description of the sorrow and grief Detective Kling went through was very moving. Having lost my husband eight years ago (and where did that time go?) I could feel what he felt.
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