The Mugger : 87th Precinct

  • by Ed McBain
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • Series: 87th Precinct
  • 6 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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….


What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Aaron

Love the author, hate the reader

Would you try another book from Ed McBain and/or Dick Hill?

I have loved the 87th precinct novels since I stumbled upon the first one about three decades ago. I have read them all in print multiple times. I was disappointed when I joined audible that there wasn't any available and waited impatiently for them to be produced. Unfortunately, when they finally became available, it was with Dick Hill reading them. I do not like this reader he ruins the story for me. I will continue to purchase these books because I love McBain's works but I can only stand to listen to them one book at a time with long breaks in between. I wish they had used George Guidall or Richard Ferrone (he does wonderful with the John Sandford "Prey" books). With either of those readers I wouldn't have been able to stop listening to marathon 87th! Any chance for a redo with either of these readers?

What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

I don't like the way he reads. His characterization sounds terrible and he overacts in his reading.

Any additional comments?

Please find another place for Mr Hill. He needs to stop reading books for you.

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- Kelly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-27-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio