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Hark! A Novel of the 87th Precinct (Paperback)

Author:  Ed McBain
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0743476522
ISBN-13: 9780743476522
Sku: 31194653
Publish Date: 10/25/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.75H x 4L x 1T
Pages:  397
Age Range:  NA
 
In the "New York Times" bestselling author's gripping new novel, the detectives of the 87th Precinct must scramble to foil the Deaf Man's ingeniously meticulous scheme and stop him from committing the perfect crime.
From the Publisher:
Setting out to avenge himself after being left for dead in Mischief, the Deaf Man plants a string of clues taken from the plays of Shakespeare, daring the detectives of the 87th Precinct to prevent a seemingly perfect crime. By the author of The Heckler and Eight Black Horses. Reprint.
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This addition to the 87th Precinct series brings back Shakespeare-quoting nemesis, the Deaf Man. After killing a traitorous accomplice, the Deaf Man begins sending a series of riddling notes to the precinct, hinting at a crime the notorious thief is planning--but what is it? Is the Deaf Man even deaf at all? And can the detectives of the 87th Precinct divert sufficient attention away from their various personal crises to decode the messages and prevent the crime?
Author Bio
Ed McBain
While most readers know him as Ed McBain, the renowned author of the 87th Precinct series, Evan Hunter was born Salvatore Albert Lombino and remained that throughout his boyhood and early adulthood in East Harlem and the North Bronx. Lombino spent two years in the U. S. Navy before attending Hunter College in New York, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1950. After leaving college, he held a series of odd jobs that included lobster salesman, reader at a literary agency, and high school teacher. He began his career in publishing in the early '50s under a variety of pseudonyms, none of which stuck until he wrote his first novel, FIND THE FEATHERED SERPENT (1952), under the Evan Hunter byline. At the urgings of his publisher, who claimed that Salvatore Lombino was too hard to pronounce and would hurt book sales, he had his name legally changed to Evan Hunter. Ed McBain was born shortly after Hunter produced the bestseller, THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE, in 1954. An editor at Pocket Books thought Hunter might do well as a crime writer and designated him the successor to the company's popular mystery writer, Erle Stanley Gardner. Before Hunter penned the final pages of COP HATER, the first of the 87th Precinct novels, editors suggested he create a crime writer pseudonym to prevent damaging his career as a literary author. Appropriately enough, the setting for Hunter's most famous series of books is as fictional as his mystery writing alter ego. While based on his knowledge of New York City, the 87th Precinct is in fact an imagined location, a thinly veiled version of the city he knows so well. The series became one of the first in the mystery genre to feature a cast of characters as the focus, rather than a singular protagonist and include themes such as violence, drug dealing, corruption, and the search for justice in a chaotic, brutal world. Despite his success as a police procedural revolutionary, Hunter has, over the years, remained loyal to his true--or chosen--self by producing four children's books, two short story collections, three plays, more than 22 novels, and the screenplay for the Alfred Hitchcock classic "The Birds."

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"...[Y]ou can't do better than McBain." 07/01/2004

Publishers Weekly
"...[V]intage McBain, complete pitch-perfect dialogue...a pace that encourages the reader to forget about dinner or a good night's rest, and a plot that teases and tantalizes from start to finish." (starred review) 07/19/2004

Literary Review
"One of the enduring mysteries of contemporary crime writing is how McBain manages to keep it all so fresh, so funny and so exciting. HARK! offers no final answer, only a range of overwhelming reasons for the lucky reason to keep on reading. Pleasure to the last line guaranteed." - Philip Oakes Dec. 2004/Jan. 2005

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0397
Product attributePublisher:   Pocket Star Books
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