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Killer's Payoff (87th Precinct) Kindle Edition
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The introductions in these Kindle editions (written in the early 1990s when I guess the series was being re-issued in paperback by the publisher) - are also highly entertaining. You get the impression that McBain was ever-so-slightly cynical about the world of publishing and the decisions that publishers made, or the choices they tried to force writers to make. So, interesting context for anyone interested in how McBain shaped the books, and how they could have ended up going in another direction.
Streets ahead of most modern stuff in terms of the pace and directness, re-reading the 87th Precinct series should be on the to do list of any wannabee crime writer. Cracking stuff.
Pick up any 87th Precinct book and you are guaranteed a good time, but "Killer's Payoff" sticks out as the most immediately enjoyable. 100 percent recommended.
My copy of Killer's Payoff had a fascinating introduction by the author in which he is fairly scathing of the outside pressures put upon him by publishing execs because they felt the series needed a boost. Cotton Hawes, introduced in the previous book, was forced upon him because the powers that be decided Steve Carella couldn't be a proper hero because he was married. McBain/Hunter went along with it but was uncomfortable with moving away from his initial concept, that of a sort of gestalt hero embodied by an ever changing squad room. No single guy should be the hero. Cotton Hawes comes along and he's tall, young, handsome and most importantly... single. And he has a penchant for striking out on his own in a pulpy P.I. way. McBain was making very little for the paperbacks at the time compared to some of his big successes like Blackboard Jungle but he was enjoying the ride anyway and determined to keep his publishers on board with Cotton but to somehow bring him more in line with the original 87th Precinct ethos. He ends his intro, as so many Cotton Hawes chapters do, with the line.... 'And so to bed'.
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Good story from 87th precinct as usual with Cotton Hawes taking the limelight and an interesting ending to the bookPublished 6 months ago by Mrs. S. L. Paterson
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