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5.0 out of 5 stars Best McBain I've Read So Far
There are many good examples of Ed McBain's soaring talent as crime writing's best, but "Killer's Payoff" is the best I've read so far, just outdoing "Cop Hater" thanks to its winding narrative. A multi-thread story that takes Hawes and co out of the city (and their comfort zone), there is a lot more explored in this book than in others such as "The Con Man" and the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Killer's Payoff
The 87th Precinct investigate the shooting of a blackmailer.

After the under-par 'Killer's Choice' it's good to see McBain back on form. Usual fast pace, the action moves out of the city as latest recruit Cotton Hawes finds the investigation takes him into the mountains as the murder seems to be far more complicated than it appears. Enjoyable read, with a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best McBain I've Read So Far, 10 Dec 2010
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B. Turnbull (Newcastle, England) - See all my reviews
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There are many good examples of Ed McBain's soaring talent as crime writing's best, but "Killer's Payoff" is the best I've read so far, just outdoing "Cop Hater" thanks to its winding narrative. A multi-thread story that takes Hawes and co out of the city (and their comfort zone), there is a lot more explored in this book than in others such as "The Con Man" and the wonderful "Til Death". Perhaps because of the length, we have more time to digest the events and try to figure out where McBain will take us next. As usual, you have an inkling here but don't really know for sure until the sublime finale, where everything is revealed.

Pick up any 87th Precinct book and you are guaranteed a good time, but "Killer's Payoff" sticks out as the most immediately enjoyable. 100 percent recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read, 24 April 2014
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Provides a complex winding plot without becoming boring. Very difficult to put the book down because the story line is very engaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it, 21 Dec 2013
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another one for the 87th to sort out in their inimitable style, the usual twists and turns but they follow through and sort it all out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars POOR, 19 Dec 2013
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FAIRLY TAME, AMATEUR WRITING, IT WAS OK BECAUSE i'M LOST WITHOUT A BOOK BUT OTHERWISE WOULDN'T HAVE READ IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH
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5.0 out of 5 stars ed mcbain killers payoff, 29 Aug 2013
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I got this book because I am re reading all off ed macbain's 87th precinct novels and this one doesn't let you down. recommended. excellent service from seller and book arrived on time
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4.0 out of 5 stars More good stuff at the 87th, 9 Jan 2013
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The guys at the 87th Precinct have a proper little mystery on their hands when serial blackmailer Sy Kramer gets blown away in a drive-by shooting. They find there are no shortage of suspects.
My copy of Killer's Payoff had a fascinating introduction by the author in which he is fairly scathing of the outside pressures put upon him by publishing execs because they felt the series needed a boost. Cotton Hawes, introduced in the previous book, was forced upon him because the powers that be decided Steve Carella couldn't be a proper hero because he was married. McBain/Hunter went along with it but was uncomfortable with moving away from his initial concept, that of a sort of gestalt hero embodied by an ever changing squad room. No single guy should be the hero. Cotton Hawes comes along and he's tall, young, handsome and most importantly... single. And he has a penchant for striking out on his own in a pulpy P.I. way. McBain was making very little for the paperbacks at the time compared to some of his big successes like Blackboard Jungle but he was enjoying the ride anyway and determined to keep his publishers on board with Cotton but to somehow bring him more in line with the original 87th Precinct ethos. He ends his intro, as so many Cotton Hawes chapters do, with the line.... 'And so to bed'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Killer's Payoff, 6 Oct 2011
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The 87th Precinct investigate the shooting of a blackmailer.

After the under-par 'Killer's Choice' it's good to see McBain back on form. Usual fast pace, the action moves out of the city as latest recruit Cotton Hawes finds the investigation takes him into the mountains as the murder seems to be far more complicated than it appears. Enjoyable read, with a nice sense of place and feel for the regulars.
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