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Alice in Jeopardy

by Ed Mcbain

Since her husband Eddie's tragic death in a boating accident eight months ago, thirty-four-year-old Alice Glendenning has struggled to maintain a normal life for her two children, Ashley and Jamie. To help make ends meet while she waits for the insurance company to pay up, Alice takes a job as a real estate agent. The commissions have been nonexistent, but she does make a new friend, Charlie Hobbs, when she is sent in to try to buy his waterfront land for a developer. Things have been tough for Alice, but they quickly become a nightmare when Ashley and Jamie don't come home on the school bus one day, and Alice gets a phone call from a woman claiming to have her children. When the kidnapper calls again and asks for a ransom identical to the amount Alice is due from the insurance agency for Eddie's accident, Alice forgoes contacting the police and instead calls Charlie for help. But as all sorts of people scheme to get their hands on her money, Alice wonders whether anyone can be trusted in her fight for everything she holds dear. From the master of the suspense novel comes another gripping tale of mystery, money, and mayhem. Ed McBain skillfully weaves together his elegant plot and compelling characters, once again.

The April Robin Murders

by Ed Mcbain Craig Rice

Two photographers buy the old April Robin mansion in Hollywood, home to movie stars and murderers.

The Big Bad City (87th Precinct #49)

by Ed Mcbain

The first thing you need to know about this city is that it is big. It is difficult to explain to someone who has never seen it. You can fold his town into a corner of one of the city's five separate sectors and still have room for more. The next thing you need to know is that it's dangerous. Never mind the reassuring bulletins from the mayor's office; just watch the first ten minutes of the eleven o'clock news and you'll learn exactly what the people of this city are capable of doing to other people...

Candyland: A Novel in Two Parts

by Ed Mcbain Evan Hunter

Benjamin Thorpe, married, a father, a successful Los Angeles architect, is alone in New York City on business, and­ on a compulsive search for female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to an early morning confrontation in a midtown bordello and a searing self-revelation. Part two of the book moves onto the scene of crime where three detectives are discussing a homicide. The victim is a young prostitute whose path crossed Benjamin Thorpe's the night before. Emma Boyle of the Special Victims Unit is assigned to the case. As the foggy events of the previous night come into sharper focus, Thorpe becomes an ever more possible suspect. Shocking, bold and compulsively readable­ Candyland is an exciting thriller that readers will find hard to put down.

The Con Man (87th Precinct #4)

by Ed Mcbain

A trickster taking money from an old woman, a cheater fleecing the businessmen of their money, a lady-killer after the ladies' dollars...

Cop Hater (87th Precinct #1)

by Ed Mcbain

The first of the 87th precinct novels, in which three cops are murdered and Carella marries Teddy.

Doll (87th Precinct #20)

by Ed Mcbain

Tinka Sachs was a famous fashion model, up until about 12 hours before the boys from the 87th precinct found her body.

Downtown

by Ed Mcbain

It's Christmas and Florida orange grower Michael Barnes is in the Big Apple with a couple of hours to kill. In no time, he's scammed by a shady blonde and robbed by a bogus policeman. His rental car is stolen by a "good Samaritan" and he's framed for the murder of a slimy, two-bit movie producer.

Driving Lessons

by Ed Mcbain

A sunny, quiet, perfectly ordinary school day in autumn turns ghastly by dark when sixteen-year-old Rebecca Patton runs down and kills a pedestrian during a driving lesson.

Fat Ollie's Book (87th Precinct #52)

by Ed Mcbain

Murders happen every day in the big bad city. They're not such a big deal, you know. Even when the victim is a city councilman as well known as Lester Henderson. But this is the first time Fat Ollie Weeks of the 88th Precinct has written a novel, ah yes. Called Report to the Commissioner, it follows a cunning detective named Olivia Wesley Watts, who, apart from being female and slim, is rather like Fat Ollie himself. While Ollie's responding to the squeal about the dead councilman, his leather dispatch case is stolen from the back of his car -- and in it, the only copy of his precious manuscript. Joined by Carella and Kling from the neighboring 87th Precinct, Ollie investigates the homicide with all the exquisite crudeness, insensitivity, and determination for which he is famous. But the theft of his first novel fills Ollie with a renewed passion for old-fashioned detective work. Following the exploits of one of Ed McBain's most beloved detectives, this lively and complicated novel -- the fifty-second in the award-winning 87th Precinct series -- is perhaps his best book yet.

Fiddlers (87th Precinct #55)

by Ed Mcbain

Ed McBain's latest 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.

The Frumious Bandersnatch (87th Precinct #53)

by Ed Mcbain

It should have been the night that launched a new pop idol. Tamar Valparaiso is young and beautiful, with the body and voice of an angel, and the stage is set for her to launch her debut album,Bandersnatch, on a luxury yacht in the heart of the city. But halfway through her performance, while the partygoers look on helplessly, masked men drag Tamar off the stage and into a waiting speedboat. Detective Steve Carella is just showing up for the graveyard shift when news of the kidnapping comes in. Working disjointedly with a Joint Task Force that calls itself "The Squad," Carella and the men and women of the Eight-Seven must find Tamar before time -- or indeed her very life -- runs out. In this brilliant look at the music industry, Ed McBain once again combines his mastery of the form with the fast-paced dialogue and intricate plotting that have become his signature.

Fuzz

by Ed Mcbain

The detectives of the 87th Precinct are confronted with a call - clearly a crank call - that threatens the life of the city's parks commissioner unless a ransom of $5,000 is paid. The deadline soon passes and the parks commissioner is shot in the head as he leaves a rock concert. Soon, another anonymous warning follows and the deputy mayor is blown up in his Cadillac. The next target is the young, charismatic Kennedy-esque mayor who is on the hit list of what can only be called a serial assassin. It is up to the hardworking detectives of the 87th Precinct to find the shrewd murderer before he can strike again. For almost fifty years, fans of crime fiction have followed the boys of the 87th Precinct, a fictional urban police department that grapples with every imaginable kind of crime. The plot of Fuzz was highly topical when originally published in 1968, when respect for the police was at an historical all time low and the title comes from the insulting nickname people used to describe police. The U.S. was rocked by explosive dissent and haunted by political assassination. No author handled these tensioned better than Ed McBain. Police fiction - which became known as the police procedural novel - changed forever with the appearance of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels. McBain is a superlative writer, dazzling in his seemingly inexhaustible ability to heighten the intensity of his plots with humor, atmosphere, and telling detail. Fuzz is as much about the cops themselves as it is about the crimes they solve. Fans of Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue will find themselves very much at home in Fuzz, a fast-paced thriller that is at once edgy and skillfully crafted. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ed McBain is the pseudonym of Evan Hunter who has created an entire series of 87th Precinct novels under his pen-name. Hunter's breakthrough success came with his book The Blackboard Jungle (1954) which inspired him continue writing. Cop Hater was published in 1956 and established a new standard in police fiction, observed in television programs to this day. Note that McBain's novels do not have one single hero but rather, an entire squad room full of them who come and go from novel to novel. Also, the same villains often recur in his novels. Although the city setting for the books is meant to be vague, it seems quite clear to most that it is New York. Several of McBain's novels have been made into films. In addition to American adaptations, Akira Kurosawa's High and Low is based on an 87th Precinct novel (King's Ransom), as is French director Philippe Labro's 1972 film Without Apparent Motive, based on Ten Plus One. The fictional precinct also inspired its own television series. Evan Hunter has written under a number of pseudonyms and has been regularly honored for his work. SERIES DESCRIPTION From classic book to classic film, RosettaBooks has gathered some of most memorable books into film available. The selection is broad ranging and far reaching, with books from classic genre to cult classic to science fiction and horror and a blend of the two creating whole new genres like Richard Matheson's The Shrinking Man. Classic works from Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, meet with E.M. Forster's A Passage to India. Whether the work is centered in the here and now, in the past, or in some distant and almost unimaginable future, each work is lasting and memorable and award-winning.

Ghosts (87th Precinct #34)

by Ed Mcbain

A young woman stops at the grocery store after work, but she never makes it home#151;at least not all the way. She is stabbed to death in front of her building, her groceries strewn across the cold pavement. Upstairs her neighbor and popular ghost story author Gregory Craig lay dead as well, stabbed in his apartment. When Craig#146's publisher is found murdered just days later, Detective Steve Carella has a deadly mystery on his hands.

Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear (Matthew Hope #12)

by Ed Mcbain

What's cuddly, cute, and the object of a high-stakes court battle? It's Gladly, the cross-eyed teddy bear brainchild of slightly cross-eyed beauty Lainie Cummins, Matthew Hope's client and the litigant in a trademark dispute with toy company tycoons. Matthew is certain he can win the case--until someone murders one of the key players. Popular mystery writer Ed McBain is back with his latest hero, Matthew Hope.

Guns

by Ed Mcbain

Colley Donato, 29, has just been promoted. He used to be a small-time robber. Now he has killed a cop and all hell is about to break loose.

Hail to the Chief (87th Precinct #28)

by Ed Mcbain

Even after 13 years in the 87th Precinct, Bert Kling and Steve Carella had never seen such murders--six naked bodies, including an infant, and no one knows who any of them are. Then an anonymous phone call leads Kling and Carella to a private street war. Now the two veteran cops just might get caught in the crossfire of organized violence in the city's darkest corners.

Hark! (87th Precinct #54)

by Ed Mcbain

Ed McBain concocts a brilliant and intricate thriller about a master criminal who haunts the city with cryptic passages from Shakespeare, directing the detectives of the 87th Precinct to a future crime -- if only they can figure out what he means. The 87th Precinct gets a visit from one of the city's most accomplished criminals -- a thief known as the Deaf Man. Because he might be deaf. Or he might not. So little is known about the man who is harassing Detective Steve Carella with puzzling messages that it is hard to tell. But as soon as a pattern emerges, the detectives of the 87th are forced to hit the books and brush up on their Shakespeare -- because each new clue contains a line from one of his works. Unless they can crack the complicated riddles and beat the Deaf Man at his own cat-and-mouse game, someone is going to end up hurt, or something will be stolen -- or both. It's always so hard to tell with the Deaf Man. Ed McBain brings his most intelligent and devious criminal back to the 87th Precinct with a richly plotted and literary crime.

He Who Hesitates (87th Precinct #19)

by Ed Mcbain

Roger Broome was a naive, likeable young man. In spite of his awesome physical size, women trusted his gentleness...

The House That Jack Built (Matthew Hope #8)

by Ed Mcbain

After Ralph Parrish exchanges angry words with his brother Jonathan, he is charged with murder when Jonathan is found dead on the kitchen floor.

Ice (87th Precinct #36)

by Ed Mcbain

Ice coats the night streets of the 87th Precinct, where a maniacal rapist prowls for new victims. Ice spills from the pockets of a fallen diamond dealer as the life spills out of his ravaged body. Ice runs through the veins of the players in a multimillion dollar showbiz scam ... and through the heart of a cold-blooded murderer who destroys a two-bit drug dealer and a glamorous dancer with equal enthusiasm. And in the deep chill of winter, it is the dedicated cops of the 87th who must brave the frigid winds of death to save a city frozen with fear.

Jigsaw (87th Precinct #24)

by Ed Mcbain

NOTHING CAN CONFUSE A PERSON (COPS INCLUDED) MORE THAN A LOT OF NAMES AND A LOT OF PIECES AND A LOT OF CORPSES... AT FIRST IT LOOKED LIKE A NICE, NEAT DOUBLE HOMICIDE--UNTIL DETECTIVE ARTHUR BROWN DISCOVERS THAT THE ODD-SHAPED SNAPSHOT FOUND CLUTCHED IN A DEAD MAN'S HAND IS A PIECE OF A DEADLY PUZZLE WORTH A SUITCASE FULL OF STOLEN CASH. THE MEN OF THE 87TH HAVE TO FIND THE OTHER SEVEN PIECES--FAST--AND AS THE STIFFS PILE UP, THEY REALIZE THEY ARE COMPETING WITH A DETERMINED EXPERT AT THE GAME OF MURDER! A completed photograph will supposedly show where stolen money from a bank is hidden. Several murders occur before the killer is identified.

Killer's Wedge (87th Precinct #7)

by Ed Mcbain

Her game was death and her name was Virginia Dodge. She was out to put a bullet through Steve Carella's brain, and she didn't care if she had to kill all the boys in the 87th precinct to do it. So Virginia, armed with gun and bottle of nitroglycerin, spent a quiet afternoon in the precinct house, terror ising Lieutenant Byrnes and his detectives with her clever little homemade bomb. They all sat waiting there for Steve Carella. Could all the men of the 87th, prisoners of one crazy broad, be powerless to save Carella from his rendezvous with death...? In one of his most dazzling novels of the 87th Precinct, Ed McBain exposes the dangerous loyalties that both keep the boys of the 87th together, and threaten to tear them apart.

Kiss (87th Precinct #44)

by Ed Mcbain

Someone wants Emma Bowles dead, someone very determined and as close as a kiss.

The Last Dance (87th Precinct #50)

by Ed Mcbain

The fiftieth is pure gold: from the author The New York Times calls "the man with the golden ear" comes the fiftieth novel in the 87th Precinct series. In this city, you can get anything done for a price. If you want someone's eyeglasses smashed, it'll cost you a subway token. You want his fingernails pulled out? His legs broken? You want him more seriously injured? You want him hurt so he's an invalid his whole life? You want him skinned, you want him burned, you want him -- don't even mention it in a whisper -- killed? It can be done. Let me talk to someone. It can be done. The hanging death of a nondescript old man in a shabby little apartment in a meager section of the 87th Precinct was nothing much in this city, especially to detectives Carella and Meyer. But everyone has a story, and this old man's story stood to make some people a lot of money. His story takes Carella, Meyer, Brown, and Weeks on a search through Isola's seedy strip clubs and to the bright lights of the theater district. There they discover an upcoming musical with ties to a mysterious drug and a killer who stays until the last dance. The Last Dance is Ed McBain's fiftieth novel of the 87th Precinct and certainly one of his best. The series began in 1956 with Cop Hater and proves him to be the man who has been called "so good he should be arrested."

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