- Paperback: 219 pages
- Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (1 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749080280
- ISBN-13: 978-0749080280
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.7 x 17.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,324,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
KILLER'S CHOICE (87th Precinct) Paperback – 1 Mar 2009
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Meanwhile Detectives Bert Kling and Meyer Meyer have to track down another killer from a suspected hold-up, this time at a liquor store. The detectives soon discover that the victim, a beautiful redhead, seems to have lived a variety of lives depending on who they question. Thematically not as strong as Con Man, the previous entry, but Killer's Choice still right royally entertains with some character driven dialogue that's going to please any fan of the series. Every book seems to add something new
If it is still something of a shock to discover that Killer's Choice, the fifth in the 87th Precinct series, was first published more than fifty years ago, there are clues. Not least when a young woman is innocently described as "Dancing, and laughing, and well ... gay." There are four-letter words, too, but none that will disturb the eyebrow of today's reader.
So there is almost a sense of period charm as Carella and Kling and Hawes set about solving the mysterious murder of a young woman whose multiple personality is unveiled chapter by chapter but never explained. A crucial witness in the investigation is a five-year-old girl who cannot tell the time but recounts from memory a telephone conversation that requires nearly five pages to report.
Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain) is never dull but his prolific output under this and half-a-dozen pseudonyms led inevitably to occasional slapdash plotting. The 87th Precinct has better tales in its archive than this.
Easily read in a couple of sittings, the story remains head and shoulders above most stuff being churned out these days though. Current practitioners of the genre would do well to remind themselves that a cracking crime story - complete with well-rounded characters, atmosphere and mood - can be told in well under 500 pages when it's done like this. Purveyors of bloated, gory (essentially Scottish noir) output take note.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
reading these books on my new fire hd8 is a vast improement on my kindle1 page lighting is much better.Published 5 months ago by W. J. Collier
The 87th lives on! Kept me busy all day. Some old and some new characters have joined and I'm sure they will develop a A's the series goes onPublished 7 months ago by Conor Barry