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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 ›
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!
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.
I enjoyed the book, the characterisation was very good and believable. All about policemen and how, in the fifties, policemen went about solving crimes, now policemen use their famous 'hunches' and how they act upon those feelings/ideas that make them into good police officers.
A good twist at the end that I never saw coming. This was a good book, just out of date, but considering what I paid for it, was a good thriller.
This is great stuff - short and pithy. Bit old fashioned possibly, but stick with the series and watch whilst the decades go by but the characters age very little! "Cop Hater" is definitely the place to start - you'll meet all the key players in the series in a story that might not be the most original but has a nice little twist!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read a number of this series year ago decided to revisit. Still a good read but not a book that you can't put down!Published 1 month ago by SMC Derby
It's been a long time since I read an Ed McBain book. They're as good as I remember them. If you've never read an Ed McBain book before, you won't be disappointed.Published 3 months ago by Paulj
Well written. It was an OK read. Slightly disappointing ending. Would probably not read another as was not that gripping.Published 7 months ago by Kate Sandford
Good read and interesting glimpse into the times in which it was set and that's about itPublished 7 months ago by David