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Publisher's Summary

A beat cop winds up on the trail of a deadly mugger, but when it suddenly gets personal, his own life might be the next thing to be snatched….
©1956 Ed McBain (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century.” (Pete Hamill, Newsday)
“McBain has the ability to make every character believable - which few writers these days can do.” ( Associated Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By Aaron on 11-30-14

50's Cop Series

The first book "Cop Killer" was set against a heatwave in the middle of summer.

The second book "The Mugger" takes place in Fall (Autumn).

It was a coincidence that I happened to read both books during the seasons that they were written about. I was impressed with Mccains atmospheric writing, perhaps because I experienced the seasons as he described them. He was able to capture a feeling of the city, in part because of the different seasons.

McBain describes the city as if it were a woman (his words) and the reader can thus feel the dress sticking to her skin; Whether it is the sweltering summer sweat, or leaves falling around her ankles onto wet pavement.

Once the mood is set, the actors are introduced: the criminals and the crimes they perpetrate, the enforcers of peace, and the families at home.

"You know her tossed head in the auburn crowns of molting autumn foliage, Riverhead, and the park. […] You have seen her naked streets, have heard the sullen murmur of the wind in the concrete canyons of Isola, have watched her come awake, alive. […] She is big and sprawling and dirty sometimes, and sometimes she shrieks in pain, and sometimes she moans in ecstasy.
But she could be nothing but a woman, and that’s good because your business is women.
You are a mugger."
- Ed Mccain from "The Mugger"




By todays standards Mccain's writing may seem quaint, but it captures the essence of 1950's cop novels.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joe & Suz on 12-01-16

Great stories!

The 87th precinct is a series that you can easily get sucked into. I don't read a lot of books, but these are so well written that I feel like I've known the characters for a very long time. They read very easily, I even catch myself laughing, or getting excited at appropriate times during the story.

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