- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1425 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0684855127
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FT1N3E0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Big Bad City (An 87th Precinct Novel) Kindle Edition
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McBain's cop, Detective Steve Carella, is involved in three cases at once. The Cookie Boy, so dubbed by the city's media, is a careful, professional thief, who leaves white boxes of home baked chocolate chip cookies on the pillows of his victims. But, this time, he has stumbled into an occupied apartment, with disastrous, murderous results. The body of a pretty girl has been found in the park: preliminary investigation reveals that she is a nun, Sister Mary Vincent, born Kate Cochran in Philadelphia, and possessor of breast implants. And Sonny Cole, convicted felon who killed Carella's father in the commission of a felony but was somehow found not guilty, is following Carella, planning to kill him, as he believes the detective will inevitably try to kill him in revenge. So McBain's juggling these three interesting plots, though it must be said, they are somewhat mannered and artificial. But he works them out, in a page turner that keeps driving forward.
McBain also did a superior job of rendering New York, its ambiance, its speech, its geography and harsh weather: he was certainly one of the best of the genre writers in this regard. I do get a bit distracted by his made-up names for streets, boroughs and bridges, don't know why he thought that necessary, but I can live with it. The author, who is deceased, was the only American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association's highest award. He also held the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award.Read more ›
This is good police fiction, albeit without any complexity or twists and turns. I wasn't thrilled about the structuring which saw the threads run into each other without text breaks, potentially throwing the reader into confusion (or was this perhaps a Kindle formatting problem?). All stories also ended a little too quickly for me with everything wrapped up in a few pages.
That said, it wasn't hard to turn the pages here and despite not be overly challenged by the material, I did enjoy the easy writing style and plot elements. 3.5 stars.
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.
I would recommend it to all who like an interesting mystery story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Complicated threads brought together skilfully by Ed McBain to provide suspense and intrigue. An excellent story not to be missed.Published 1 month ago by Tony C
Ed McBain was master of the police procedural and this is a good un!Published 4 months ago by shesings
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