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Poison: An 87th Precinct Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Ed McBain

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April 1992
Jerome McKennon's last phone call before he died had been to a woman called Marilyn. On the evidence of her answer phone, a very popular woman and a prime suspect in the case. For Hal Willis of the 87th Precinct, this would be far more than just another crime investigation.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reissue edition (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380700301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380700301
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,521,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feminine Fatal 6 Dec 2010
By Nash Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ed McBain, who invented the police procedural, scores with POISON. A gut wrenching look at the underworld of prostitution and murder.
Marylin Hollis has lots of friends who keep being murdered. Who is this woman whom Detective Willis discovers has a deadly fascination for him? Which will Willis give his loyalty to--his job or the woman he loves?
Steve Carella and Willis are partners, but they travel in opposite directions to unravel a nasty series of murders. All of the victims have 'friendship' connections with the beautiful Marylin.
An excellent read from the pages of the past.
Nash Black, author of SINS OF THE FATHERS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 1 Mar 2008
By SPARKY0210 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a good mystery book. TIhe last 1/4 of the book was fast paced and I couldn't put it down. The ending has 2 huge surprises, you'll never guess who the killer is, although mcbain gives hints for the motive. I don't like the way the end leaves you hanging. I figured he must pick it up with his next book, but from reading a description, it doesn't look like he does.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wothwhile reading. 24 July 2001
By C. McDanel - Published on Amazon.com
The only shortcoming this novel has is its predictability. And at that, it still delivers a surprise in the end. The only reason I even say it is predictable is with all the evidence pointing to the lovely, if not pure, lady the reader has to know she will be proven innocent....or where is the mystery? McBain succeeds in pulling off a couple of surprises and the characters are developed enough to be interesting, if not always believable.
This novel is no longer in print but if you can find a copy of it somewhere, as long as the price is reasonable, it is worth the investment. It is a fast, fun read with enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes.
4.0 out of 5 stars mcbain is good as always, but some rescripting of willis 23 Jun 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As always, McBain is entertaining. My only complaint is his changing of Willis's character. In the prior 38 87th precinct books to Poison, Willis was portrayed as a ladies man...tall women were always attracted to him. Also he was a judo expert from his military career. In Poison, he's only had a few girl friends, women don't like him because he's short. And he took judo lessons because he was self-conscious of his height. I liked Willis much better before this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 1 Mar 2014
By Carrie Hale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read this book twice it's so good the first time I had to tear it in have because my daughters friend had started reading it and I wasn't finished
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