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Rumpelstiltskin (Matthew Hope) [Kindle Edition]

Ed McBain
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Description

When Victoria Miller and her backing band, Wheat, broke out with a string of gold records in the sixties, the sultry chanteuse seemed shy of crowds, refusing to perform in public. Years after her last success, Victoria makes her stage debut, but the magic is long gone, and shortly after that, so is she—the victim of a brutal murder. Victoria’s six- year-old daughter, Allison, is missing too, but nobody’s come forward for a ransom. The only clue is a mysterious call—I’ll be stopping by to collect—but who’s collecting, and what? Even if Allison could be found, lawyer Matthew Hope can’t seem to locate Victoria’s missing will with Allison’s guardianship. And when Victoria’s old producer comes forward, claiming Victoria wasn’t quite the natural talent she’d seemed to be, Matthew’s left wondering who gave her the golden touch and why they’d take it back right now.

Part of Ed McBain’s masterful Matthew Hope series, Rumpelstiltskin finds the good-hearted lawyer in a plot where everyone’s a suspect, and all debts are paid in full.

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: 1695 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005WZZTPO
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B87R8TA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,655 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Spinning a Yarn 26 Feb 2004
Format:Paperback
The second of McBain's Matthew Hope mysteries (the first was "Goldilocks"), following the career of the Florida lawyer. McBain provides a distinctly contemporary take on fairy tales, this time in the form of a faded rock star whose fragile voice had once been turned from pure chaff into purest gold.
Matthew leaves her bed one night, and leaves her to the mercies of a murderer who brutally silences her then kidnaps her child. Is this an opportunistic kidnapping? Or is there a more sinister element tied to a trust fund set up for the singer?
McBain again explores the angst of divorce and separation from one's children, with telling passages on the trials and tribulations of the single male parent trying to cope with the demands of a teenage daughter (I speak as the father of girls myself).
The Matthew Hope mysteries are well-crafted, beautifully written whodunnits: they are also exploratons of male sexuality and relationships; and the pace is regulated by moments of wry humour, philosophical insights ... and a discourse on the colour of pubic hair.
A fine page-turner of a book - elegant, satisfying, a good example of the craftsman at work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars McBain spins a fresh yarn 22 Oct 2004
Format:Hardcover
The second of McBain's Matthew Hope mysteries (the first was "Goldilocks"), following the career of the Florida lawyer. McBain provides a distinctly contemporary take on fairy tales, this time in the form of a faded rock star whose fragile voice had once been turned from pure chaff into purest gold.
Matthew leaves her bed one night, and leaves her to the mercies of a murderer who brutally silences her then kidnaps her child. Is this an opportunistic kidnapping? Or is there a more sinister element tied to a trust fund set up for the singer?
McBain again explores the angst of divorce and separation from one's children, with telling passages on the trials and tribulations of the single male parent trying to cope with the demands of a teenage daughter (I speak as the father of girls myself).
The Matthew Hope mysteries are well-crafted, beautifully written whodunnits: they are also exploratons of male sexuality and relationships; and the pace is regulated by moments of wry humour, philosophical insights ... and a discourse on the colour of pubic hair.
A fine page-turner of a book - elegant, satisfying, a good example of the craftsman at work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 13 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not good
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3.0 out of 5 stars The dwarf. 31 May 2014
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A well developed plot but with a predictable culprit and end.
I also found Matthew Hopes love interest a boor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK 17 Mar 2014
By Paul
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good enough read but I'm not a fan of Matthew Hope series. I bought these because of Ed McBain's precinct series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read 12 Jan 2014
By Emma M
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Easy to get through but not that sophisticated when it comes to the writing. Good if you`'re not after too much to think about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 12 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ist Ed McBain Ive ever read but wont be the last. Excellent storyline. Would reccommend anyone intersted in crime stories to read this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars RUMPLESTILTSKIN 28 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Really good with twists and turns. Looking out for clues that would link to original story.

Would recommend to any one who likes crime thrillers, Hitchcock, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine McBain story
Another fine McBain story - he does not disappoint
Published 1 month ago by S. Coyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer
I have read nearly all Ed McBain books over the years and have the books all in a little bookcase so when I got the chance to put it on my kindle I bought the books
Published 8 months ago by R Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars this series not up to standard of 87th precinct
Hope is a lawyer and is therefore not like a policeman. I heard mcbain say at a reading that he found it harder to find cases for a lawyer. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miller Fron
5.0 out of 5 stars A master story teller
I couldn't put this book (my tablet) down. Ed McBain is a fantastic writer of crime novels. Every one of his books is a gem.
Published 10 months ago by Dudley F. Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I am a great McBain fan, but this (and others in the Matthew Hope series) are very disappointing. The book is sort of fun, as it features the usual McBain humour, but it is... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Elena
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont rate this at all
Having read all Dan Browns and Scott Maarainis books this was an anti climax. Seems just a longdrawn out conversation
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Easily forgotten
The storyline is fairly weak and so continuityily lost. Ed Mcbain relies too much on 'related lines' ie letting the dialogue unfold via discussion between characters. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. B. Wright
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