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Lightning: An 87th Precinct Novel Hardcover – Aug 1984

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co; 1st ed. edition (Aug. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877955816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877955818
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,936,119 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 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 the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frances Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2014
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This is the first McBain novel I've read, and it certainly won't be the last. That I hadn't previously met the 87th precinct gang didn't matter in the least (I had wondered whether it might) and the narrative moves along rapidly, gripping this reader right from the start.

A dead girl is found hanging from a lamppost; there's a vicious serial rapist of a most unusual kind at large. The police have their work cut out for them, and they get stuck in at once. The narrative moves along fast, and never loses momentum, and I was swept along with it, hardly putting the novel down until I'd finished it. This book isn't great literature, and it doesn't pretend to be. It's just a thumping good read, well-written, with a nice touch of humour and believable characters. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Whitmore on 5 April 2014
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Another good one from Ed Mcbain with all the usual characters and good mysteries, I've read all his books on the 87th, Its just a pity that there will be no more 87th precinct stories. R.I.P. Ed Mcbain(Evan Hunter)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By olori on 17 Sept. 2014
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I wish i had discovered Ed McBain years ago. He is a great storyteller and can weave a plot like no one esle, and the jokes are very funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dimps on 2 April 2014
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Love Ed Mcbain books as they never let you down! Gripping ! And very easy reading which all books should be!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scotia on 2 April 2014
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If you like Ed Mcbain then you will enjoy this I am begining to find his books a bit samey
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr Hugh D McBride on 29 Dec. 2013
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I am a fan of Ed McBain detective novels, and this one was good as a detective novel. However I found the descriptions of the attacks on young women unpleasant and a bit too graphic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By New Kindler on 31 Mar. 2014
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Good storylines with some good characters. Just felt some background info was far too much and in danger of losing the thread so skipped odd half pages
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jadey on 16 Mar. 2014
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I really take to the 87th precinct series. total involvement with the cast of characters. the writing is pretty unique too. love them all
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