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Cop Hater (87th Precinct) Kindle Edition
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I read this book rather timorously, I was expecting it to be okay, no fireworks. To some extent, that's true - there are no fireworks, exactly, but it was so incredibly entertaining to read that I've now purchased every single entry that's currently available in Britain, and have started to gobble them up. So far, I highly recommend every single one.
McBain uses everything: forensics, psychology, melodrama, character, etc etc, to move his stories along. They're snappy, fizz with energy and wit, small bites of sarcasm, and are superbly enjoyable. That's as good a thing as can be said about a novel, really. This first entry is a rather simple story concerning a killer who seems out to get the boys of the 87th Precinct, but it clips along at a great pace, introduces us to some brilliant characters who just get better as the series progresses, and makes a brilliant tapestry of police investigation. I loved it. (Obviously, that's why I bought the rest.)
If you've never tried McBain before, this is an ideal place to start now that Orion seems to be reissuing them all, after having been out of print for so long.Read more ›
One of the main characters in this series is Steve Carella, who appears in this first novel. There is a heat wave in the city and the detectives are faced with enough problems when a member of the squad is gunned down in an apparently motiveless murder. When another detective is also shot, it is apparent that there is someone targeting the 87th Precinct - but why and who? If things were not bad enough, the press have their own ideas about the murders which make a bad situation infinitely worse. This is a fantastic start to a very long running series which, unlike most, just gets better and better.
The book opens with a cop murdered in cold blood with no clues as to who did it, as the detectives are left reeling over this mindless killing, another is killed, again with no real clues or suspects.
It's not a deep book where there are so many twists and turns that you get confused, but it carries enough weight to keep your interest up - I loved it and have since collected nearly all of the 87th series.
Can't recommend Cop Hater highly enough!
The story itself holds up wonderfully well 57 years on from when it first appeared, and you can't say that about too much fiction in this genre. The sleazy, violent beauty of the city is drawn well, the characters all arrive fully formed and utterly believable, and the narrative is direct and pacy - a style that McBain honed and polished as the series developed. For the time, you get the feeling that the book must have shocked some readers, such is the blatantly violent and sensual nature of the material.
The Kindle version is well-formatted with no obvious typos, so the e-versions are certainly worth exploring. It is, however, a shame to have seen the price of the 87th Precinct series edge up by a couple of quid since they appeared in March. Under two pounds a shot makes them worth having, now at just under £4.00 for books this slim, they are not so much of a bargain. Cynical marketing I guess.
Pricing aside, it's fantastic to see these books out again. Anyone yet to discover the wonders of well-told, direct police procedurals in this series should start here and enjoy the journey. Often imitated - but simply never bettered, McBain was a genius at this form of writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written. It was an OK read. Slightly disappointing ending. Would probably not read another as was not that gripping.Published 4 days ago by Kate Sandford
Good read and interesting glimpse into the times in which it was set and that's about itPublished 24 days ago by David
It was alright. Having been used to Lee Child, James Paterson, Michael Connolly etc, I found it a little dull with none of the fast paced action and 'thrills and spills' which I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marie