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Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (87th Precinct) by [McBain, Ed]
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Black, red - and dead! An 87th Precinct Novel

About the Author

Ed McBain was one of the pen names of successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter (1926-2005). Debuting in 1956, the popular 87th Precinct series is one of the longest running crime series ever published, featuring more than 50 novels, and is hailed as "one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century." McBain was awarded the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 1986 by the Mystery Writers of America and was the first American to receive the Cartier Diamond Dagger award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B87R570
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you read the misleading "product information" blurb about this particular 87th Precinct novel, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's about a raincoated serial killer stalking the streets. It isn't. Perhaps people who actually read the books should write the blurb, yes? McBain was a much more polished operator than to offer up serial-killer related sensationalism in his books. That said, this first book to launch the 87th Precinct series into the sixties - (this one was published in 1960) - is more grisly than previous volumes, and certainly ends in a way that perhaps would have shocked some back when it first appeared.

Notably, the quality of the books goes up another notch with Give The Boys A Great Big Hand. Fast-paced yet reflective, worldly-wise yet often intimate and driven by the fantasies and private thoughts of the individual characters, McBain is polishing and honing his craft here, a craft that would lead to the production of some of the finest titles in the series as he moved through this decade and into the seventies.

There simply is no fat on an 87th Precinct novel. The storytelling, tight-plotting and believable characters makes for another compelling read here. Sadly, 2015 marks the tenth anniversary of McBain's passing - and there has simply been no-one to touch him since, in terms of consistently excellent crime writing that keeps you turning the pages. Whilst it's great to see the majority of titles re-appearing now in Kindle format, it's hard not to gripe at the fact that the entire series in proper sequence is yet to be available either in e-book or re-issued paperbacks. A shameful omission - and one that should be rectified. I've said it before in my 87th Precinct reviews and will say it again here - McBain was a genius, and the series is in a league of its own.
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The title sets the scene, as another tale rolls out in unexpected ways, and it's a guessing game for the reader to work out exactly how it'll be resolved. My aim is to read as many of some 50+ stories of the Precinct - so far I'm only through around 15, which means I've many more hours to appreciate really how good Mr McBain was as a storyteller. I look forward to the future!
Every one of these books is relatively short, and no words are wasted in building the tension.
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If you love crime novels but also like rounded and interesting characters, this author is for you. These stories are full of wry humour and real people, whom you get to know and want to meet again.
I'm working my way through the whole series - lovely, I believe there are fifty altogether.
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I love the Ed McBain 87th precinct novels and bought 20 when there was a 'special' kindle daily deal.
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.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2014
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Dick Gennaro, a beat cop last seen in The Pusher, finds a large hand in an airline bag. The boys of the 87th use their usual resources of shoe leather, interviews and intuition to solve the case. The plot may be rather straightforward but the sense of atmosphere - the city and the weather - and the squad's camaraderie and squabbles evoked by Mr McBain are a joy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Just started reading the 87th Precinct series. Good holiday reading and it's quite nice that one book follows on from another so you get to know the characters. Wouldn't put them in the same category as some of the other crime authors that I follow, but an easy read with believable stories.
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Having seen several of his books on offer at one time or another, I decided to buy one of them to 'try him out'. I did enjoy it. I wasn't riveted but it was just old fashioned police work with no complications. Have a large backlog of unread books and then I might buy another.
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One of the few crime writers I love reading, his 87th precinct stories are all good and believable, the characters all seem human and you can relate to them all.
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