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Sadie When She Died (An 87th Precinct Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ed McBain
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Christmas is coming. But erudite attorney Gerry Fletcher got his present early: his wife’s body with a knife buried in it. Though he shamelessly cops to being happy she’s dead, his alibi is airtight and all signs point to a burglary gone bad. But even when detectives Steve Carella and Bert Kling follow the clues to a junky punk and get a full confession, Carella can’t quit thinking there’s something about the case that’s as phony as a sidewalk Santa’s beard. Maybe it’s because the victim’s husband wants to pal around with the suspicious cop on a cryptic pub-crawl through the urban jungle. Or maybe it’s the dead woman’s double identity and little black book full of secret lovers. Whether she was Sarah the shrewish wife or Sadie the sex-crazy swinger, there’s more to her murder than just a bad case of “wrong place, wrong time.” And Carella won’t rest till his cuffs are on the killer.


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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: 2953 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FT1N2RS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,595 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection 29 Oct. 2014
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Whats not to love.?

I wont review each or any of the stories - too many - Plus if you're like me you don't want any advance clues about the stores you just want to let them unfold before you.

Great value for money compendium or omnibus edition. 7 great stories in one book. (ok it's not an e reader its the old fashioned equivalent)

If you're familiar with Ed McBain/Evan Hunter you'll love this collection - the quality of the stories is right up there with most of his offerings. And of course there is... The Deaf Man. I adore this character. As good (bad/evil) a nemesis as any Moriarty etc. He doesn't crop up often, but when he does, oh joy.

All the regulars are there.

So if you haven't read much or any of Carella, Kling, Meyer, and the rest of the crew read on and enjoy this as a good introduction to a wonderful timeless era, place, and inhabitants.

If you want to build up your collection this a great way to get seven volumes in one go.

Once you've read these and dipped a toe into the world of the 87th precinct you'll understand why Ed/Evan has had such success as a writer and that so many of his books have made it to the BIG screen with some of the BIGGEST stars,
Reynolds
Sutherland
Redford (I think)

and of course the seminal Blackboard Jungle (with Glen Ford?) Albeit as the writer Evan Hunter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good,consistent 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 Yep 5 * 8 Feb. 2014
By PK
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for Ed McBain detective novels. This omnibus is a recapture of books read in a time gone by for me. absolutely excellent. I would love to get some more.
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Ed McBain is a good story teller - I haven't yet read any of his books that was anything less than very good. I have not yet finished reading this one and I'm looking forward to seeing how it ends. He manages to introduce a lot of side issues into his stories which are interesting but do not detract from the main theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Characters, plot, sub plots and mini stories. 8 Jun. 2014
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You get all of the above in 87th precinct stories. Sadie was a bad girl with many stories to tell.. postmortem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sadie when she died 22 Jan. 2014
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Another 87th Precinct novel by Ed McBain. Quite a good read, but not a gripping tale. About the same standard as usual
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer 26 Dec. 2013
By R Burns
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This was different to his normal books and took you in different direction all through the book very clever fast paced
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 21 Dec. 2013
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With the death comes the investigation, but, which is the real Sadie, another one for the 87th to sort out in their inimitable style
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