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The Pusher (87th Precinct) by [McBain, Ed]
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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: 2967 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FT1N2PA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After reading "The Mugger", the 2nd in the 87th Precinct series, which didn't feature Steve Carella at all, it was great to read this, the third in the series. While The Mugger was a good read, somehow there was some key element lacking without Carella, and so it was great so see him back in the series in a "starring" role. The story was good, although some of the hoodlum element in the story feels a little "West Side Story," but then this was written in the fifties and society has moved on. What was quite impressive about this story is the very intense light shined on a character's personal life and probably the first time the series really honed in on personal tragedies/crises suffered by the cast, a trend that would pop up occasionally through the series. Not the most elaborate plot but the personal crises of characters in the 87th lifts it above the ordinary.
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"The Pusher" is the third novel in McBain's 87th Precinct series, and also the third book he produced in the series that appeared in 1956. As with its predecesors, it's punchy, of its time and yet still relevant even today, almost 60 years after original publication. Here, McBain delves into the underworld of drug pushers and the consequences of a life hooked on dope - both for those that push and those that receive.

Set in the lead up to Christmas, the story also reveals that disillusionment with the overly commercial nature of the festive season is nothing new. Read this one in December any year and you'll enjoy reflections on universal themes as well another well-crafted police procedural along the way.

The afterword from McBain also makes interesting reading. The series could have taken a very different direction indeed from how it panned out, so this too adds interesting context to how the early 87th Precinct stories were originally conceived and later changed.

Annoyingly, "The Pusher" has only just appeared in the latest batch of Kindle releases, so anyone working through the series in order (which is recommended), will have to backtrack if they've skipped it, but it's worth doing. The e-book contains one chapter where a paragraph is repeated twice, which once more proves that there is scope to improve the quality of proof reading before release. But in terms of content - another fine read from McBain.
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Published in 1956, "Pusher" by Ed McBain, one of the author's famed 87th Precinct mysteries,
may be a bit dated, but the sheer power of writing and the abilitiy of the author makes this one a
worthy read. McBain's legions of fans (most of whom have, no doubt, already read this one)
certainly found this one to be a choice selection.
This time we find Steve Carella and Lieutenant Peter Byrnes again up to their precinct necks in
crime. As the title suggests, they're investigating the death of a drug dealer. The autopsy had said
suicide, but Carella and Byrnes know better. And with the speed of some sound writing style and
excellent plot development, Mc Bain carries his readers full tilt. There's no resting; the pace is
terrific!
Aided by first-class dialogue development "Pusher" is quick and easy to read. One doesn't
have to be totally dedicated to McBain to enjoy this one. Remember: it's quick and easy. And good.
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Ed. McBain weaves this gripping story in an imaginary police precinct with miscellaneous police characters who come and go throughout his books.
He clearly did not want any one of them to be his hero, but it is a great relief that the hero in this particular book survived a shooting at the end. It is a cruel story in places, particularly the way a rogue cop arrests a criminal who has gone straight. Although written c.1971 the story holds up well and paved the way for a successful T.V. series in the USA. The late author really knew how to write a crime novel.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2014
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It's been a while and many books since I last read Ed McBain so I'm amazed all over again at how simple he makes it appear. There is one plotline, in this case, the apparent suicide of a junkie, and very spare but poetic prose which manages to cover plenty of social commentary and psychology but it is the introduction which really grabbed me - nobody sets the scene by describing the weather better than Mr McBain. This book is a little old fashioned now, especially about the role of women, but it is a product of its time and has plenty to say which is still relevant and well worth a read.
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An outstanding story in the 87th Precinct saga. Drug addiction covers a wide range of victims not least the Precinct Lieutenant and his family. Detective Carella is wounded but his attacker is captured and leads to the top man start to appear. Well recommended. .
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I first encountered Ed McBain in the States whilst on holiday many years ago . He's a class crime writer ahead of his time and this book , although written a few years ago, still stands the test of time. Police procedural at its finest. If you have never read him then give him ago. You will be pleasantly surprised.
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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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