A babysitter and the child she is watching are murdered on New Year’s Eve - just as a gang war over drug trafficking erupts and puts one of the detectives of the 87th Precinct in mortal danger.
"McBain has the ability to make every character believable - which few writers these days can do." (Associated Press)
"The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century." (Pete Hamill, Newsday)
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How does McBain keep them coming?
The cadence of the story, like an old "Drag Net" episode of the 60's. A reader/listener will either like the cast of detectives; a strange group, except Steve Carella, or they will not. Like any detective SERIES, and McBain has a long list of books in his 87th Precinct series, the books get better the more one reads them. But back to the cadence of the story; it is slow and repetitive much like, I would imagine, the real like task of tracking down a killer.
Steve Carella is what all cops should be: a good man, a wonderful husband and father, and one who always gets his killer.
A good reader.
I would suggest to anyone who does not know this series to start from the first. Knowing the detectives makes this group of mysteries different than others. But be careful; if you enjoy them, if you begin to care about them, you are in for HOURS AND HOURS of story time.