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Let's talk Ed McBain. The late Ewan Hunter's (his name) 87th Precinct series spans three decades from the 1950s to the 1970s. This is set in the mid- to late-1950s. It's a hard-boiled detective novel.
I've read the entire series, and McBain writes a very specific style. Reading the books, it works. The long, repetitive diatribes and character angst work in print. Translated to audio, it falls short.
Dick Hill is a great narrator. I love his Jack Reacher. In this performance though, he is so cartoonish and melodramatic as to become annoying.
Combined with McBain/Hunter's long diatribes and Hill's melodrama, I actually fast-forwarded ahead several minutes at a time throughout the book.
This one is a good story, but get the book or read it on Kindle.
I loved Dick Hill in all the Jack Reacher novels but this performance was melodramatic and I almost didn't make it to the end. Which would have been Unfortunate because the ending was worth it.