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The revelation dredges up enough muck to muddy the waters of what should’ve been an open-and-shut case. To find the answers to a life gone off the rails, Carella and Byrnes face a deep slog into the community of users and pushers - but a grim phone call discloses that very community already has its claws in a cop’s son. A new pusher is staking a claim right under the 87th Precinct’s noses, and it’s up to Carella and Byrnes to snag the viper before it poisons their whole lives.
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By Eric J. Toll on 04-30-16
May make you run for a fix
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.