Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (Lythway Large Print Books) Hardcover – Large Print, 4 Oct 1988
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Black, red - and dead! An 87th Precinct Novel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Every one of these books is relatively short, and no words are wasted in building the tension.
I'm working my way through the whole series - lovely, I believe there are fifty altogether.
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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Up to his usual standard, McBain scores again with a murder mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Oliver H.