A Novel of the 87th Precinct

Book - 2005
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This installment in the 87th Precinct series finds the detectives stumped by a serial killer who doesn't fit the profile. A blind violinist taking a smoke break, a cosmetics sales rep cooking an omelet in her own kitchen, a college professor trudging home from class, a priest contemplating retirement in the rectory garden, an old woman out walking her dog--these are the seemingly random targets shot twice in the face. But most serial killers don't use guns. Most serial killers don't strike five times in two weeks. And most serial killers' prey share something more than being over fifty years of age. Now it falls to Detective Steve Carella and his colleagues in the 87th Precinct to find out what-or whom-the victims had in common before another body is found.

With trademark wit and sizzling dialogue, McBain unravels a mystery and examines the dreams we chase in the darkening hours before the fiddlers have fled.
Publisher: Orlando, FL : Harcourt, c2005.
ISBN: 9780156032780
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MCB


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Oct 22, 2018

First book by this author and I enjoyed it.

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 23, 2013

This was Ed McBain's last book, and the last in the 87th Precinct series. (It was published posthumously.) McBain was considered the inventor of the police procedural. This was the first Ed McBain novel that I ever read, and I loved it! It was very entertaining with a number of interesting story lines and plot twists, and I kept turning the pages! The book reminded me of my favorite television show, "Hill Street Blues". Since McBain had nothing to do with that TV show, I can only assume that the 87th Precinct series influenced Steven Bochco in creating "Hill Street Blues". In any event, I am hooked and I intend to read the entire 87th Precinct series!

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