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This novel represents the first appearance of Lawrence Sanders' most famous character, Edward X. Delaney, and the masterpiece of murder and suspense that launched Sanders' career.
The author outlines the conception, planning, and execution of the robbery of an Upper East Side apartment building with machine-like precision. The novel employs a clever premise: the entire story is told in surveillance-tape transcripts and reports from law-enforcement agencies, each of which observes an aspect of the situation in which the robbery takes place.
This suspenseful classic is brought to life by a full cast, including L. J. Ganser, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, Zoe Hunter, Gabra Zackman, Lauren Fortgang, Kevin T. Collins, Josh Hurley and Peter Ganim.
©1969, 1970 Lawrence Sanders (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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By Sandra on 02-02-14


Although I saw this film several years ago, the story was just as exciting. Anyone who likes puzzles will truly love the way this story comes together.Sometimes a little too erotic for the sqeemish, but I think it was necessary to bring out the true character of the main character. I highly recommend this one for those who enjoy, 'page-turners.'

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By Dave Cole on 04-30-12

Poorly Suited to Audio Format

A decent enough story, but the format--supposed excerpts from surveillance tapes--is a bad match to the audio format. The story is dated, it was written several decades ago, when new york was a war zone, and the idea of civilian surveillance was a fresh one. But it's hard to hold that against it. it's more just an issue of the awkwardness of all the steps of listening to someone reading written transcripts of someone supposedly speaking. I never thought i would write these words, but i almost think this one needs a *shudder* dramatic performance with an ensemble cast in order to get the authors story across.

IMHO, skip this one, and go right on to 'The First Deadly Sin' an excellent novel well performed.

This book, although listed as first in the series by audible, is not needed to understand the series.

Hope that helps.

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