A Isola, il quartiere della città immaginaria che per McBain simboleggia New York, fa un caldo d'inferno. Eppure Carella e soci sono costretti a stazionare per ore in un appartamento pestilenziale, in attesa del verdetto del medico legale intento a esaminare un cadavere. Si tratta di Jeremiah Newton, affermato artista trovato morto dalla moglie appena rientrata da Los Angeles, riverso sul letto in una stanza dove la temperatura sfiora i 40°. Overdose da farmaci è il responso. Sono tanti, però, i dettagli che contraddicono l'ipotesi del suicidio: il terrore della vittima a ingoiare qualsiasi tipo di pillola, i milioni che aveva ereditato dal padre e una moglie esasperata che progettava il divorzio. Nel frattempo l'agente Kling, punta di diamante della squadra, deve affrontare uno psicopatico appena uscito dal carcere, e i sospetti terribili che avvelenano il suo matrimonio.
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As the title suggests, this installment in the 87th Precinct series takes place during a stifling heat wave that simply will not let up. The heat and humidity are torturing everyone as are the problems, both professional and personal, confronting the Precinct's detectives. As the book opens, detectiv Leggi tutto
Isola is having a heat wave, and an artist is found in his apartment, dead from suicide...or murder. Carella investigates, but his partner, Kling, is too busy worrying that this wife is sleeping around to focus. Not bad, but the twist is a bit dated.
Another satisfying and entertaining police procedural with several great diversions from the main story. Deals with deception and trust very well. Still amazed with the realness of the dialog and characters. In the introduction to a 1989 reprint of Cop Hater, McBain said he envisioned the 97th Precin Leggi tutto
A pretty solid entry in the series about the cops of the 87th Precinct.
An apparent suicide with some unexplained factors is the main case for Carmella and Kling, operating in a major heatwave. And Kling has something else on his mind
Another good mystery with a dark heart. Only Carella’s determination to make sense of things pushes the case towards conclusion. The B plot has poor Bert Kling running all over town to try and prove his wife’s been unfaithful. It’s a bit soapy for McBain, but Kling’s such a lovable chump that I went Leggi tutto
Alcoholic artist Jeremiah Newman is found dead by his wife after returning from a week in California. Her alibi seems to check out but Det. Steve Carella has it's doubts. A will left by Newman leaving $2 million in artwork to 70 year old Kern opens another avenue of motive. Good plot and investigati Leggi tutto
A bit longer than most so far and therefore a more in depth story. There is one main case with two side stories, both of which revolve around Detective Burt Kling. The main story did seem to end a bit suddenly for my taste but it was a decent puzzler for most of the book. One of the side stories is
The murder mystery here was a little too predictable as an alcoholic is found dead of an apparently suicide by pills, except that he is deathly afraid of pills, there is a bolt-locked door, and the thermostat and pill bottle are wiped clean of prints. Also, a paroled murderer decides to get even wit Leggi tutto
Even before Evan Hunter--alias Ed McBain--died, I started collecting his 87th Precinct novels. He writes well, and tells a good story. Because the books are all about a certain group of policemen, there is that continuity--like a reunion with well known characters. In this one, there is a suicide--o Leggi tutto
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