The Pusher (87th Precinct Mysteries) MP3 CD – 15 Apr 2014
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Most suicides don't realise the headaches they cause... An 87th Precinct novel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ed McBain (1926-2005) was born Salvatore Lombino in New York. He changed his name to Evan Hunter and under that name is known as the author of The Blackboard Jungle and as the writer of the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. The 87th Precinct series numbers over fifty novels. McBain was a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and was one of three American writers to be awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another book that breaks The mould of crime novels.
Fast and pacy without being glib.
Good read as per expected.
Pretty dull, following a set routine, predictable and ultimately uninspiring. Look to Paul
Finch for a real heart-stopper. Read more
I read a lot of the 87th precinct books as I was growing up and enjoyed the way the stories unfolded. This was a new one for me and it certainly doesn't disappoint. Read morePublished 10 months ago by peter