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The Heckler (87th Precinct) by [McBain, Ed]
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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: 7016 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FT1N2U0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've been a fan of Ed McBain for the longest time. He's one of the crime-writing greats. His novels are never deep, emotionally gruelling, sprawling, twisting, convoluted epics of emotion and love and death--which I usually like--but instead, they're mostly concise, fast-paced, funny, smart, twisty, crime procedurals; like CSI but with actual characters and snappy dialogue, rather than boring, generic cardboard cut-outs.

Even his "bad" books are entertaining.

The Heckler, thankfully, was one of his better efforts.

Essentially, aside from the usual police procedural stuff, it's the story of "the deaf man", a sadistic logician/mathematician serial-killing ultra-thief super-squirmy recurring character (this is his first appearance, but he crops up in many of the later books in the series), who sets up an elaborate plot to steal two-million-plus dollars from a bank. That's the main section of the plot, and it links throughout the rest of the novel.

As usual with McBain, this was a quick read--I think I read it in two or three days--and it has some great, humorous dialogue, which helps the plot move along swiftly. The characters aren't filled out as much as they are in other books, but it doesn't detract from the read. My only real issue, I guess, was the ending. It seemed a little abrupt and as if McBain just wanted to tie it up in a nice bow, finish it, and get it over with.

It's not a standout book, but it's an enjoyable read; something to pass the time. Start at the beginning and work your way through the series.
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I didn't like this book at all. On several occasions I was going to stop reading it and delete it from my kindle, but I thought it must pick up some of my enthusiasm somewhere along the line so I carried on slowly to get past the numerous pages of what I thought was twaddle of mathematics of odds and evens of the main top mans working out theory, I found it very boring and it whent over my head
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By Jl Adcock VINE VOICE on 3 Jun. 2015
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The Heckler marks the first appearance in the 87th Precinct novels of the Deaf Man - a character who drives a number of plots in later novels, nearly all of them involving meticulously plotted heists or robberies that cause chaos across McBain's fictional city. The Heckler also marks the continued development of McBain's style, as here we see some of the conversational, drily cynical narrative that becomes more polished and prevalent as the series develops. For a novel over 50 years' old, it holds up well as a piece of entertainment.

I'd agree with some other reviewers here that the ending isn't the strongest, in fact McBain almost gets caught up in the technicalities and ingenuities of the scheme cooked up by the deaf man and his gang to the point where the 87th Precinct characters feel a bit secondary to what's going on. Having Carella once again take the brunt of the injuries dished out also doesn't work too well.

Thoroughly enjoying re-reading these fine titles on Kindle - although it is annoying to see that not all the titles are available yet, which will soon make reading them in order something of a challenge. Come on Amazon, get the rest of these titles out there.
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Why are some businessmen getting a series of threatening phone calls from a "heckler" to persuade them to vacate their premises by a certain date? Meyer Meyer and colleagues from the 37th precinct are persuaded to get involved. They uncover an ambitious plot to cause chaos in the cities emergency services. To what end? Read this story, be intrigued, chuckle many times and enjoy the exciting climax.
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Loved it, as with all the 87th........Surprise twists everywhere. A great read for fans of McBain and the boys at the 87th...........Readers of the series will I know, take the lads as their own after the first one or two books, so the sting in the tail of this one will hurt a little bit !
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By Jo on 2 Aug. 2015
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Love theses books. They were written a long time ago, but you need to immerse yourself in that period.
Fast moving, and over time you really feel that you know all the characters. Ed McBain isn't afraid to let the story take place over several weeks, and therefore portrays a much more "real life" team of detectives
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2014
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Someone is making crank calls to a local businessman but the police can't really do anything about it as no crime has really been committed and that, in a sense, dates the book as what we would now call a stalker is referred to as a heckler. This is a very cleverly plotted novel and was, I imagine, very original in its time. As usual with Mr McBain's writing you get humour, description and a very sparse style. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have only one criticism - the graphics do not enlarge on Kindle so I couldn't read them (even with my glasses on).
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I love the Ed McBain 87th precinct novels and bought 20 when tere 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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