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Classic Crime, Better Than Most Modern Novels
on 19 July 2010
Thing is about Ed McBain, he never misses the mark. Every one of his 87th Precinct novels are winners, being short, snappy, extremely readable recitations of noir-esque crime at its coolest and least predicable. The stories move so fast you end up reading the whole thing in one sitting, and with the length of some, such as "Killer's Choice", that is no bad thing. This book in particular features his usual cast, with Hawes and Carella leading the way. Very smart and funny prose will keep the pages turning, as will the slick double narrative, and despite genre masters like Michael Connelly and Robert Crais stealing all the limelight these days, fans of hard boiled crime fiction need to go back and discover not just this novel, but the whole damn series. Every one, a superb read.