Give the Boys a Great Big Hand by Ed McBain
Published January 19, 2015
- Author Ed McBain
The titles of these books are sometimes straightforward, but sometimes a clever play on the crime within. This is one of those but it seems a bit flippant having read the story and realised exactly how sad the crime itself was.
I did find this one a little bit harder going than the others - still a quick and easy read, but there were so many characters, and so many missing persons, that I found myself getting a bit confused in places.
After the last book didn’t progress any of the cop characters too much, this time we had a bit of Carella rage plus information about how he’s dealing with being a father, plus more about Bert Kling and his burgeoning relationship. It’s nice to see these characters developing over time, particularly as it all happens nice and slowly, in the background to the main crime stories.