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The Frumious Bandersnatch: A Novel of the 87th Precinctby Ed McBain
With his trademark wit and crisp dialogue, Ed McBain proves again that he is the master of the police procedural. It's hard to talk about individual books in the 87th Precinct series: together they form a larger, grittier mosaic where each installment reveals a little more about McBain's truly human cast of characters. Enter the world of Bandersnatch and discover what you've been missing!
Synopses & Reviews
"It should have been the night that launched a new pop idol. Tamar Valparaiso is young and beautiful, with the body and voice of an angel, and the stage is set for her to launch her debut album, Bandersnatch, on a luxury yacht in the heart of the city. But halfway through her performance, while the partygoers look on helplessly, masked men drag Tamar off the stage and into a waiting speedboat. Detective Steve Carella is just showing up for the graveyard shift when news of the kidnapping comes in. Working disjointedly with a Joint Task Force that calls itself ""The Squad,"" Carella and the men and women of the Eight-Seven must find Tamar before time — or indeed her very life — runs out. In this brilliant look at the music industry, Ed McBain once again combines his mastery of the form with the fast-paced dialogue and intricate plotting that have become his signature."
"[T]his newest installment might be one of his most delectably cynical, out-and-out corrosive tales since [McBain] started writing the series in 1956....This is McBain as savagely satisfying as a very rare filet mignon." Diedre Donahue, USA Today
"Armed with lots of informative dope on the cutthroat marketing practices of this $12 billion industry, McBain spins a riotous, if ultimately sobering, tale about a record release that goes awry." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Amazingly, MWA Grand Master McBain remains as fresh and sharp-edged as ever....
"Does anybody need a reason to start reading this venerable series now? If you do, try this: It's the freshest 48-year-old in town." Kirkus Reviews
"It's difficult to praise a single 87th Precinct novel as demonstrably better than the preceding 52, so let's just say the current case is always the best, but only until the next one." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
"McBain's writing is tight, his characters believable. Just when readers think they have it all figured out, McBain proves that he is still capable of a shocker." Library Journal
Ed McBain, crime fiction master and among the most celebrated and consistently brilliant suspense writers of our time, delivers a blistering new saga of hard-living cops tackling hard-edged mayhem in the 87th Precinct. Despite more than one hundred million copies of his books in print worldwide, Ed McBain doesn't go in for laurel-resting — which is great news for the rest of us. Having continuously set ever-higher standards in crime fiction since his 87th Precinct series debuted in 1956, McBain emerges in 2004 as uncannily fresh and pitch-perfect as ever. On the heels of Fat Ollie's Book and the Edgar Award-nominated Money, Money, Money, this new novel of the 87th Precinct — the fifty-third in the series — is a gritty, spot-on urban tale packed with surprises.
About the Author
Ed McBain is the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association's highest award. He also holds the Mystery Writers of America's prestigious Grand Master Award. His most recent 87th Precinct novel was Fat Ollie's Book. Under his own name — Evan Hunter — he has enjoyed a writing career that has spanned almost five decades from his first novel, The Blackboard Jungle, in 1954 to the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds to The Moment She Was Gone, his most recent novel.
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