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Not the best ever, but wortrh a look if you already know the 87th Precinct stories
on 25 November 2014
Have been a fan of Ed McBain for 50 years, and have collected and re-read all the 87th Precinct books during that time. Now I'm going back to the 87th - this time with ebooks. This is one of the few McBain stories that I haven't really enjoyed, mainly because, although it's categorised as a 87th Precinct novel, it's not really about the characters that you come to know. It's a different take on the usual format, but for me I wasn't really interested in the main character in this, and wanted to engage more with the regular 'bulls' of the 87th. It's not badly written, the story's as well constructed as you would expect from McBain, but if it was the first 87th Precinct I'd picked up, I'd not be too engaged to pick up another. An interesting read if you know the 87th - but not the usual page turner. I can usually read an 87th in one sitting - it took several attempts to get through this one, I'm afraid.