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Mischief (87th Precinct Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – Jul 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743463099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743463096
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 16.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,146,417 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Rottweiller Swinburne on 24 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Mischief" was published in 1993, the latest (at that time) of a long series of "87th Precinct" novels that began in 1956 (with "Cop Hater") and ended in 2005 (with "Fiddler"). And in the majority of the "87th" books, the same cops pick up the workload and gumshoe along until they find the bad guy and put him away. Steve Carella, Cotton Hawes, Meyer Meyer, Bert Kling, all working away case after case, year after year... if they were in their twenties in 1956 they'd be in their sixties and seventies by 1993, but if age has affected them in anyway, they don't show it. Carella still has the golden skin and slant eyes that beguiled his beautiful, deaf-mute wife Teddy, Cotton Hawes still has the shock of red hair with the white streak and Meyer Meyer still can't figure out the politically correct term for his total baldness. Like Biggles, none of them ever get any older. And all power to them, because they are all part of the family in my head now, like old friends, along with many others from a kaleidoscope of books...
In "Mischief" we have elderly people with dementia being dumped on the city's streets; the Deaf Man (who I think first appeared in 1973) is taunting the cops with shreds of evidence for his next big heist; ambitious young black rappers are jumping into bed with each other while they await their Big Break; and an unknown killer is going round shooting street taggers. All in a day's work for the boys of the 87th...
This is, I think, one of the best of all the 87th books; McBain has effortlessly kept astride of the times, updating his books and always pushing the envelope of language and behaviour as far as the arbiters of taste will let him, from the strait-jacket of 1950s censorship to the freedom of the 1990s.
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By Rosie on 22 Mar 2013
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Always well writtten, but I felt this one was laboured. Could have done with a bit of editing, and there were none of the humorous and human touches that enlighten his best crime novels. I'd give this one a miss.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A magical, marvelous novel 30 Dec 2004
By J. Clemons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Mischief has the Deaf Man as its main character and what a main character he is. Is there a smarter character, hero or villain, in crime fiction than the Deaf Man? No way. (Is he McBain's DARK alter ego, as Hope and Carella are his "good" alter ego?) As per usual, bad things are happening in the big bad city. But the Deaf Man creates special problems for the 87th. He provides (and harrasses) Carella and his mates with clues etc. to his upcoming nefarious action, which will take place on a grand scale. But the best part of this story concerns a black rap band and its leader--no p.c. condescension in his treatment of the band, the rock concert of which they are to be a major act and their plot action, just honest, good and accurate writing about our "in trouble" society and about the individuals whose stories actually make this society come to life. A killing near the end of the story takes your breath away and gives much "haunting" food for thought. Much mischief in the city. Cops really are having trouble capturing and containing the bad guys. No plot spoilers here. Read the book. It is great.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Trouble at the 87th 7 Nov 2006
By Beverley Strong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The men of the 87th precinct are being sent strange, cryptic messages from "The Deaf Man" who issues guarded warnings about a disruptive event which is about to take place, but couches these warnings in the form of pages from a sci-fi novel. The event is actually a huge rock/rap fest where thousands will be present at an outdoor venue. Much of this story centres on a rap group and the author offers a few of his examples of this genre, none of which does anything for me personally but...to each his own! The other main story surrounds the murders of graffiti writers who deface public and private buildings with their ugly scrawl and who are now being shot by a person unknown. It ewas an ok story but lacked the zip and sizzle of some earlier ones.
More adventures of the cops of the 87th Precinct 10 July 2013
By Jim Lester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is another terrific entry in McBain's long running 87th Precinct series of police novels. Its a well plotted combination of three short stories that come together to make a book. One storyline involves dumping elderly people when they become too difficult to care for. Another one is about someone murdering the city's graffiti artists and the third one deals with the Deaf Man's heist of the precinct's stock of confiscated drugs. The Deaf Man is a recurrent villain in the series and his appearance always wrecks havoc with the cops of the 87th. As always the book is well written and the three stories combine for a fun read.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Could have been better. 6 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is almost like reading three books in one. One of the stories is about people with Alheimer's Disease who are being abandoned at hospitals all over the city.
Another story is about a serial killer who enjoys killing people who like to spray paint on walls.
Third--and best of all--is about a man who calls himself the Deaf Man. He is a criminal mastermind. I think McBain would have done better by leaving out the serial killings, which were just being done to cover up another crime, and he should have also left out the Alheimers cases and made the Deaf Man the only story in the book. It was the only story that held my attention. The Deaf Man was intriguing and charismatic, a very clever crimal genious.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Deaf Man, mayhem, and atrocious rapping! 26 July 2004
By J. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Deaf Man and a killer of graffiti writers are the sources of MISCHIEF in this McBain installment. Kling and Parker are pursuing a possible serial killer who is targeting "writers" with one victim not quite fitting in, and the Deaf Man makes his return with one of his far-fetched schemes to sew chaos in order to make a big score. The one big mistake in this otherwise solid addition to the series is the McBain's sorry attempt to create a rap band, in this case one called Spit Shine; a band that is important to the plot but is one more example how many writers are "tone deaf" to rap. Reading McBain's attempts at rap lyrics are painful to say the least and embarrassing to say the most. Docked a star for the weak lyrics, this is still a good addition to the series.
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