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Jigsaw (87th Precinct)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2013
A great read, which I didn't want to put down.
Pieces of an old picture are supposed to lead to the proceeds from a bank robbery which took place 6 years earlier, but all of the original gang were killed by police fire soon after the robbery.
Does the picture actually show where the proceeds are?
Does the picture exist?
Has the picture been split up and who were the pieces given to?
Who has them?
Will the police officers from the 87th Precinct find the unknown assailant who is also trying to find the pieces of the picture, whilst murdering his way through the possible picture holders?
You will have to read on to find out!
A really enjoyable book to read, once you have pieced together the characters in the first couple of chapters, but definitely persevere and read on. I can't believe I have only just found this author and have already purchased all of the other books in the series.
Well done Amazon, kindle and ebooks for bringing him to the fore
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2013
I love the 87th precinct series, and I'm really thrilled to know that I've a total of about 50 novels to enjoy. With each book I love getting reacquainted with the detectives. It's a delicious feeling akin to meeting up with loved family members. And McBain's gentle humour and comments on life strike a chord whoever and wherever you are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2013
The cross talk between the officers and even the suspects is so funny at times. A good enjoyable read indeed.
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on 4 July 2013
I first read Ed McBain's 87th Precinct books in the late 1960's, when they seemed fresh and gritty. Since then he has churned out a whole series of them, but this is by no means the best. It follows a somewhat inevitable formula, incorporating a lot of the phrases and bylines from previous books. The series doesn't seem to have moved on since the 1960's.

The eventual outcome was easy to spot from early in the book, and the characters seemed to be very stereotypical. I raced through it - just to be able to say I'd finished it.

This was my first Ed McBain on the Kindle, and will definitely be the last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This was the first of the books in this series that I have read, and although very enjoyable and well written, it was a little trite and formulaic. I will probably read others, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2013
Hadn't read an 87th Precinct for years and had great memories of them however, I hated this. Not enough of Carella and altogether what I would call a 5 minute read but not good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2013
Ed McBain is a brilliant writer, I have never been disappointed with any stories I have read.
This is a good one, despite the number of characters in the plot.
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This is vintage McBain, if you like him you will not be disappointed! If you are not familiar with McBain, this is a good introduction - McBain for people who are new to him is the best writer of police procedurals, his USP for me is the brilliant dialogue and sharp wit, the plot in the best McBains is secondary - you read it for the brilliant characters, and the razor sharp writing. Jigsaw fills the bill, well enough. Although it is not among the best of McBain, it is still miles ahead of anyone else in this genre.
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I like reading Ed McBain because I love police procedurals and these are the originals. Jigsaw sees the detectives looking for pieces of a photograph cut into jigsaw pieces to recover the loot from an armed robbery. It has all the McBain hallmarks - a relatively simple plot, a spare style of writing and plenty of cop cynicism. It is also quite dated, especially about homosexuality and racism. I must admit that some of it offended my modern sensibilities but it is what it is and may not be to everyone's taste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2014
Liked the style.
Suit any one who likes dectective / thrillers.
Have another batch of McBain to read, expect they will be good..
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