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Jack and the Beanstalk (Matthew Hope) 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: 1889 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612181945
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B87R5UM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I would recommend Ed McBain to anyone, he is the master. I can't recommend his books highly enough. If you've never read one of his books you don't know what your missing.
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I am a great McBain fan, but this (and others in the Matthew Hope series) are very disappointing. The book is repetitive, the plot is unconvincing, and the characters even more so. Can't even remember what it is about, now, but I felt really let down by the Master of crime humour.
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Matthew Hope is a lawyer in a small town in the Florida area. We first meet him as his long-term girlfriend dumps him, then he gets embroiled in a fight, not good for a lawyer. The plot revolves around the sale of a farm which has become ramshackle and unprofitable. The buyer is murdered which naturally stays the sale. From this point things become complicated in ways you might not expect. Matthew's character is gradually developed so that you are concerned about his sometimes rash decisions and their outcomes. His involvement with the murdered buyer's family was never going to end well, which the reader sees early on but Matthew lives up to his name - Hope. This is a well-structured story and the plot is one that is completely believable. The characters are clearly defined and developed so there is no flicking back and forth to try to sort out who is talking or doing something. There are a couple of stereotypical characters, but these are minor players and this doesn't detract from the plot or flow o f the story. Good beach read or on the train.
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The novel Ed Mcbain titles promise so much as a series of novels but fail to deliver. Just not enough action. The lead character Matthew Hope is not convincing enough either. An hour after finishing I was unable to recall the story line.
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I really like this book. Ed McBain writes superbly, very easy to get into and understand the character Mathew Hope. I have read all of his books before and this is my second time around and it is still as good as ever. If you have not read this series it is easy to read them out of order, but if you can try to read them in order and you will want to follow all the adventures in chronological order. Even second time around I am loving this series. I would recommend this highly, along with all the 87th Precinct books as well.
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I'll never know how this man did it. Every one of the 87th Precinct novels. although using broadly the same characters, manages to be different. You're usually kept waiting for the final answer, but it's always worth waiting for.
Great pity there will never be any more. RIP Mr McBain.
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I remember reading Ed McBain years ago and enjoying it. This is an old book - and it shows. Plot and dialogue is clunky and unoriginal. The acid test- did I care for any o the characters - no.
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Have started re-reading Ed McBain after several years. Fast paced and well written. Great holiday read. Will continue to work my way through them.
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