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Let's Hear it for the Deaf Man [Paperback]

Ed McBain
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20 Feb 1976
Now reissued, an 87th Precinct crime novel featuring Steve Carella who must try to solve the cryptic picture clues left by the Dead Man if he is to prevent another ingenious crime from unfolding. From the author of BREAD.

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (20 Feb 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330243071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330243070
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,373 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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4.0 out of 5 stars McBain at his best 4 Mar 2001
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I only recently discovered Ed Mcbain and have not been able to put any of his books down since! He is a master of suspense and this title is nothing different. The journey of his books makes you want to be part of the investigation. Then when you think you know whats going on there is another twist in the story. Check out Lets hear it for the deaf man and his other titles you won't be dissappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ed McBains finest hour! 29 Oct 2001
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This books finds the Detectives of the 87th Precinct stretched to their limit by McBains greatest criminal, "The Deaf Man". The story winds its way through various plots culminating in a thrilling finale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DEAF MAN STRIKES AGAIN!!!! 19 Oct 2002
By Mac Blair - Published on Amazon.com
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The deaf man is back. He is sending the 87th precinct clues to his nextcrime. Who can figure them out before the crime is committed?
In the meantime Kling is working on a string of burglaries. Carella is working on finding who killed a man and nailed him to a wall. All things come together at the end but it makes for good reading to get there. The deaf man is a thorn in the side of the 87th. Will he be captured this time? McBain again weaves all the pople into a very good mystery book. It is a quick read and will hold your attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 1 Oct 2009
By Rudy Andl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
McBain is the definitive author of police procedure. All his writing entail two or three different crime investigations going on at the same time with one crime being the center of attention. Many times to come together at the end.

If you liked Hill Street Blues you will love any McBain novel. He has over fifty in the 87th precint series and each one is a solid if not five star read. Lets Hear it is one of the best.

He uses the same characters in the series which lends itself to broad characters and richer stories.

No other writer like McBain. A style all his own. A true master of the craft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Taubman vs Carella 18 July 2008
By Grey Wolffe - Published on Amazon.com
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What's with this guy? Why doesn't he just go do his business in another town and leave the guys of the 87th alone? Why doesn't he leave Steve Carella alone?

As with all of McBain's books there are three stories going on simultaneously. The first is related to a group of burglaries of apartments where the tenants are on vacation. The apartments are ransacked and a kitten is left by the (cat) burglar. None of the apartments' doors have been jimmied or picked, so how does he get in?

The second mystery is a murder. A man is found nailed to the wall in an abandoned building. The only clue, a left sneaker size 12, and the remains of a fire.

The third and main story is that of the "Deaf Man". He mails clues to the 87th and calls them on the phone. The clues point to a robbery at a bank, which the Deaf Man says Steve Carella will help him with. Needless to say that the Deaf Man is to smart for himself and gives Steve one clue too many. Great Fun.

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By Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an Ed McBain fan and have read most of his books. Have enjoyed them all. Intend to read more
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Received promptly and in advertised condition. Almost always receive products either directly through Amazon.com or via affiliates on time and as advertised. When there is a problem - rarely! - Amazon.com has always stepped up and made it right. I've been buying from Amazon since 2003 and have purchased hundreds of products, especially books.
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