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The Last Dance (87th Precinct Mysteries) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Ed McBain
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2 Jan 2007 87th Precinct Mysteries

Set in Isola, the city that both is and is not New York City, it features his world-reknowned squadroom of heroes and anti-heroes, joined together by a tough and often unrewarding job.

This time a man with no enemies is found hanging in what appears to be a suicide. But Carella and Brown soon discover that, drugged and unconscious, he could not possibly have hanged himself. They are dealing with murder. The investigation takes them into the politics and passions of a musical in preparation. Or rather two: one that happened half a century ago and one that is happening now . . .

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (2 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743560981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743560986
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 16.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,690 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 a master. (Newsweek)

McBain is so good he ought to be arrested (Publishers Weekly)

When it comes to the voices of the city, McBain is the man with the golden ear. (New York Times Book Review)

A virtuoso. (Guardian)

One of the masters of crime fiction. (Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The fiftieth novel in the 87th Precinct series is a gritty, witty tour-de force combining violence, fear and treachery with Ed McBain's inimitable leavening of laughter and selfless heroism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A case of plagiarism. 28 Dec 2002
By John Austin HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The premise on which this crime novel is based is stated by one of the investigating officers. "When a stage musical is likely to make millions, there's always somebody who makes a claim of plagiarism." So Carella and his 87th Precinct fellow officers investigate several crimes here, and work their way through a large list of suspects whose motivation might be linked to the forthcoming production of a stage musical.
You'll find the usual McBain mix here: vivid description, tight dialogue, frequent changes of location. You'll never find a dull sentence, or a lifeless piece of dialogue. It was published in the year 2000. If the drama sags slightly and the imaginative force is not as strong as the punch that hits you in some of the earlier McBain crime novels, bear in mind that this is the fiftieth time McBain has worked with this highly successful formula.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage McBain 7 Nov 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is Ed McBain at his 87th Precinct best. It reads with the freshness of his early novels, but by allowing the core characters to age gracefully you can be forgiven for forgetting that this series was started nearly 50 years ago. The plot has the usual twists and turns, and the sub-story of the lives of Carella, Meyer, Brown et al, brings a realism often missing from long-running series. Whether you are a confirmed McBain fan (like me) or reading this as your first foray into the 87th Precinct, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great police yarn from the Master 5 Aug 2000
Format:Paperback
For over forty years, Ed McBain has been the Master of the the 'police procedural' crime novel; the heroes of his '87th Precinct' novels, the hard-working detectives of a major U.S. city (clearly based on New York), catch the bad guys by following clues and assembling evidence through the application of hard work and police science. In 'The Last Dance', the well-loved regular characters investigate an apparent suicide that turns out to be a murder; and with more to it than meets the eye.
McBain's two greatest strenghts are the absorbing readability of his work, and his gift for producing dialogue in his books which is actually like real-life conversations. They are both found in this, his most recent novel of the 87th Precinct.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong beginning, weak ending 15 Aug 2003
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Format:Paperback
This story started off promisingly, and in particular had a good middle section. However, things became confusing part way through. Characters and details in the story weren't fully explained, and new events were introduced in a haphazard fashion.
The dialogue was too disjoined at times to be convincing, and the story could have been more tighly written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ecellent read 21 Aug 2001
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Format:Paperback
Once again Ed McBain has given us a novel that is readable, enjoyable and gripping. Interspersed with tales from the detectives lives, it is definitely a book worth reading. Ed McBain is a trusted source of good detective novels.
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