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The Heckler (87th Precinct) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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
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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