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Hail to the Chief by Ed McBain

Published December 1, 2020

Hail to the Chief by Ed McBain

Another 87th Precinct novel and it follows the familiar patterns of our favourite group of cops investigating crime in the city that never sleeps. There were some interesting structure changes in this one, with direct paragraphs from the gang members. I didn’t care for that so much, they felt quite long and drawn out without giving too much information away. I prefer the dialogues between the cops, or between cops and suspects, as they try and whittle their way towards an answer.

Let's Hear It For the Deaf Man by Ed McBain

Published October 21, 2020

Let's Hear It For the Deaf Man by Ed McBain

The next book I own in the 87th Precinct series and this time we see the return of the Deaf Man, as heralded by the title of the novel. He’s popped up on a couple of previous occasions, and whilst I like the continuity of a nemesis, I’m not sure I care too much for the Deaf Man - his motives don’t really come across and the weird way he toys with the police doesn’t seem to have a point to it.

Sadie When She Died by Ed McBain

Published October 10, 2020

Sadie When She Died by Ed McBain

This was another fun entry in the 87th Precinct series, with a crime that initially seems solved but has a bigger story behind it. Only the hero, Steve Carella, is convinced that there’s more to the crime than first appears and he has to convince those around him to help him out. Meanwhile, the love lives of various detectives is also interwoven in the story, which is impressive because it’s not a particularly long book.

Jigsaw by Ed McBain

Published August 24, 2020

Jigsaw by Ed McBain

It’s been a while since I’ve read an 87th Precinct book, I was obsessed with them for a while and raced through loads. Then I sort of lost interest for a while, but reviewing my old digital bookshelves has brought them back to mind again. I started reading this one, and I think I must have attempted it before because it rang a lot of bells. I don’t know why I gave it up because it’s a fun read, a bit different to the usual ‘someone’s been murdered, whodunnit?’ This time, it’s a bit of a treasure hunt, combined with some murder on top.