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Series: 87th Precinct
I like it because I think the story is very well constructed and very logical. I found the ending truly surprising and very clever. I can't say much more without revealing details of the story, so I'll finish my review here :. A typical crime novel by McBain. A police precinct in an unnamed large city where women are being hanged upside down in public places. This is a delightful book, using stereotypical crime and police characters. The reader often gets ahead of the writer because of the multitude of clues. This is a delightful quick read. View 2 comments.
I think it was a very interesting book in many ways. The thrill and the twisted minds of the rapist and the murderer were fascinating. Ed McBain managed to find a reason for their horrible crimes! That's very hard to do when our heart tells us to feel repulsed about those lunatic attitudes. Lightning: a full bodied installment in the 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain. First sip: powerful, dark, and harsher than the usual fare from McBain. First third: two strong storylines, both leaning toward the perverse and dark side of human nature.
The repulsive nature of the crimes from the opening seems diluted by the end of this section. Final third: ramps back up in intensity rather quickly. Strong undertones of a political nature mixed in with one of the two plot lines and an emerging flavor of criminal insanity, with notes of fear and terror that give way to a sobering yet satisfying finish.
A lingering mix of sadness and sympathy rounds out the complexity of this darker than usual vintage from the premier police procedural author of our time. May 23, Don rated it liked it.
While I have some reservations about this entry in the 87th Precinct series, it definitely kept me reading. The novel concerns itself with two investigations. In one, two female track stars are found hanging from lampposts in very well-lit areas; the other concerns a series of rapes. I must say that there are certain elements of these later books that bother me even though I enjoy the mysteries themselves. I really wish Fat Ollie Weeks hadn't been introduced into this series. His constant bigoted While I have some reservations about this entry in the 87th Precinct series, it definitely kept me reading.
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His constant bigoted remarks get on my nerves. I suppose they are meant to add some humor to the stories a la Archie Bunker, but it just doesn't work for me. Reading this series in order is proving to be quite interesting.
I find that the earlier entries, the ones written in the 50's and 60's, actually seem to hold up much better than their more recent counterparts. I would think that the opposite would be true.
I'm getting tired of some of the banter that takes place between the cops about the females they encounter and the silly conversations between the cops and their lovers are also getting old. Will I keep reading the series? Yes, as long as the stories themselves hold up. But I really wish these later entries had the spark and creativity of the earlier ones.
Ed McBain's series is hitting its stride with the last few books in the series. The books are longer, I used to finish these in one or two sittings, and the psychological impact is much higher. This time around women are found hanging on lampposts in desolate areas of Isola. The whole team is tracking down the killer along with Fat Ollie Weeks, who is super racist and in most ways a jerk, but always helps the team from the 87th finish the job.
Also, Burt Kling and his fellow officer in blue whom Ed McBain's series is hitting its stride with the last few books in the series. Also, Burt Kling and his fellow officer in blue whom he has started a relationship with go through their struggles as she tracks down a serial rapist. Jun 15, Geoffrey Gelb rated it really liked it. Two crimes in one book. This one follows the usually gang at the 87th Precinct in the on-going crusade against crime in the fictional Isola in or around the early 80s.
A madman is following young track stars and stringing them up under lamp posts and at the same time a serial rapist is terrorizing several women who reluctantly come forward and seek the help of a beautiful lady cop who happens to be dating one of the men of the 87th.
87th Precinct: Lightning Bk. 37 by Ed Mcbain (1985, Paperback)
As always Ed McBain delivers the stories in his usual gritty dr Two crimes in one book. As always Ed McBain delivers the stories in his usual gritty dramatic prose that characterizes his writing from this hill Street Blues era. Well worth the time. Very entertaining, exciting and educational as well. Oct 01, Crystal rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a good cop thriller, but you can tell from the overall tone of the setting that this novel is very dated.
I did like the poke at "thrilling cop shows" that busting into someone's house without a warrant is illegal, and is it possible that policemen to this day are doing that by declaring burglaries into people's homes to subjugate these illegal doings? It was also a good feel at the end to just see the raw footage of hearing a culprit spit out their reason as to why they committed This book was a good cop thriller, but you can tell from the overall tone of the setting that this novel is very dated.
It was also a good feel at the end to just see the raw footage of hearing a culprit spit out their reason as to why they committed their crimes and not get involved with the inner psychology of why they did what they did.
It leaves readers to wonder or if it was because of the date of the novel. While this is not one of my favorite books by Ed. McBain, it is a good book. Characters were well developed, story line well written. Without giving away a spoiler to this title, one of the main characters receives a letter on the last page of the book, which left me wanting to know what happens in the next book, Eight Black Horses. Jul 26, Gary rated it really liked it. A real stretch for McBain, imo.
To get to this length, he has two major subplots, each with multiple murders or rapes, and several sub-subplots, and needless to say, it's not all neatly tied together. For the first or second time, out of about forty of this series, I felt like not reading all of it. Oct 17, Nikmaack rated it it was amazing. An intense read.
Some of these books, I've read many years ago. This one seemed very familiar as I read it due to the shocking subject matter rape and the bizarre motives. One of the better McBain books. He also wrote juvenile books, plays, television scripts, and stories and articles for magazines. He died of laryngeal cancer on July 6, at the age of Ed McBain.
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