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So Long As You Both Shall Live (87th Precinct) [Kindle Edition]

Ed McBain
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Detective Bert Kling has had some rough luck with women. First his fiancée Cindy Townsend was gunned down in an infamous bookstore shooting. Then there was Cindy Forrest, who informed him one day that she was in love with a doctor at work—and was gone. Now he’s finally hit the jackpot. Kling just married the beautiful model Augusta Blair, and they are about to enjoy the first night of their marriage together…until bad luck catches him again.

When Kling gets out of the shower, Augusta is gone, leaving behind one shoe—and cotton soaked in chloroform. Even harder than calling Detective Steve Carella with the news is standing on the sidelines while the rest of the men do all the work. But he’ll have to—or he’ll never see her alive again.

A spine-tingling race against time as the detectives of the 87th do what they do best, So Long as You Both Shall Live is an extraordinary addition to the series, an Ed McBain masterpiece that marries taut police procedure with the personal stakes of a man who stands to lose everything—again.

About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 285 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B87R93A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 87th Precinct mystery 29 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Ed McBain has written 30 or so books about the detectives in the fictional 87th precinct. Although the books are stand alone mysteries, the more you read the more you get to know the characters and their ways.

The older books like this do have a dated feel to them with regards to methods and technology. Cops look for a phone to use, or wait for a telex to come through. For me that is part of the charm, and gives the books a real old fashioned gumshoe detective feel to them.

In this book Detective Bert Kling weds his fiance Augustus Blair. The wedding reception is naturally full of cops, so when Augustus disappears from her hotel room on her wedding night, Steve Carella and the other detectives need to find some leads fast.

Good easy read, take no more than a day or two to whip through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 19 Sep 2013
By Brian
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I am reading ed McBain's 87th precinct novels again and this one I couldn't put down it also gives Ollie weeks the main role. Recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great guys of the 87th 1 Sep 2013
By bekin
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I'll never tire of stories about these characters. They're all so brilliantly drawn, with such skill and humour. When I come to the last one, I think I'll begin all over again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 Dec 2013
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excellent read. revisiting ed mcbain after many years and enjoying the books. good crime writer and good characters that you can get to know
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carella & Ollie Weekes 24 Dec 2013
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The way that McBain combines humour and horror is astounding and just shows how good he is. In this case, Olli Weekes, who smells awful and is a racist, is put through his pace as a detective and shows up trumps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bert's Wedding does not go to plan! 3 Nov 2014
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This is one of the most tense and exciting of the 87th Precinct series, the book where the unlucky-in-love Bert Kling gets married to the stunningly beautiful model Augusta only for her to be kidnapped on their wedding day. It's also notable for the introduction of Fat Olie Weeks, a cop from an adjacent precinct, who despite rampant bigotry and poor personal hygiene, is actually very good at this job. A great read and thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good crime series 5 Oct 2014
By tcmum
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I love the Ed McBain 87th precinct novels and bought 20 when tere was a 'special' kindle daily deal.
It is great to follow the same characters in each book, they all take part in stories to a greater or lesser extent except Steve Carella who is a central pin but they all appear often.
I am glad Ed McBain wasn't encouraged to kill him off early in the series.
All the books are good thriller/cop stories/mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ed McBain at his Best 6 Nov 2014
By Ron
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Detective Bert Kling has just got married or the third time when his new wife disappears on their wedding night. The detectives in the 87th and 83rd Precinct try their hardest to track down who might have taken her, looking at those Kling had arrested in the past, but initially to no avail. However the investigation hots up and leads to a thrilling climax. An excellent story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good to listen to good value
Published 10 days ago by pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Top of his game.
The 87th precinct stories never fail. Fast paced set in a New York City type of place, it's always a stunning read
Published 29 days ago by Carol Charlton
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit mundane.
Not as good as the other book, Heat, that I read prior to this one, I would prefer to read them in order. Malcolm H.
Published 1 month ago by M. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars So long as you both shall live
A very well-designed novel that captures the imagination and keeps one on the edge of your seat. I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. G. G. Debenham
5.0 out of 5 stars 87th Precinct wins again
Gripping from beginning to end what else can you expect from Ed, I could not put the book down that engrossed in all the twists and turns.
Published 1 month ago by Mr.B. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistently good
Have got quite a lot of the 87th precinct books. They are all good, if a little dated. They are a quick read and very easy to follow.
Published 1 month ago by Paul G
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasure it was to find an 87th precinct ...
What a pleasure it was to find an 87th precinct story that I had missed 50 years ago. Ed McBain's story is as fresh as ever no DNA evidence, no CSI, just plain old fashioned police... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. T. D. Waldock
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Read a couple of these now. They are ok but was hoping for more.
Published 1 month ago by carmine-aus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Lynn Lavoie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good reading once again
Published 1 month ago by Ena Eastcroft
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