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THE 87TH PRECINCT by Ed McBain | Kirkus Reviews
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As New. In as new slipcase. Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperback. Unabridged Version. Very Good. Good condition, a few pages in front loose, all present. Typical reader wear, mostly to cover.
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The Pusher Ed Mcbain Good. Used book in good condition. Has wear to the cover and pages. Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. Disclaimer:A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text.
Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. Vintage paperback, Dell ; The third novel in McBain's long mystery series featuring the detectives from the 87th Precinct; text is clean, tight, square, lightly age-tanned; pictorial wrappers show minimal creasing, very minor surface and edgewear. First Printing, First Edition Thus. Very Good to Near Fine. Seller: H. New York: Universal Publishing.
B very good -fine, reading crease, reading crease PBO. Cover by Micarelli. Seller: Graham Holroyd Books Published: first edition. While it's impossible to prove that drug-taking made the life of all drug takers worse, anybody with enough grey matter left intact today can probably agree that the overall effect on society and the people in it has been overwhelmingly negative.
Anyone today who attempted to flog a novel that praised drug use as an improving activity at the few remaining publishers would find their head metaphorically handed to them, along with the suggestion they let themselves be escorted off the premises by security before the police arrive, all this without any consideration of the actual quality of the writing therein.
Which is to say, I guess it's possible to take a completely irresponsible few of drug use and still be a great writer, just as reprehensible views of other topics have been held by great writers I name no names and admirers often manage to divorce their admiration of their prose from whatever toxic opinions the writer has held. So, conventional wisdom, which can be correct surprisingly often, has come down, in the case of drug-taking, on the side of Evan Hunter and David Foster Wallace. Each felt the need to portray the unpleasant results of drug addiction according to their talents and understanding.
DFW had famous and well-publicized first-hand experience with drug addiction and recovery, along with an unstoppable gift for manic self-expression. The result was an entertainingly terrifying look at the monkey-mind internal monologue of the overeducated drug-addicted, a high-speed plummet down the narrow corridors of denial and deception of self and others , which is sometimes so compelling that I just needed to put the damn thing down and do something else, 'cause the IMN was giving me the howling fantods.
I had a less complex but somehow more sincere reaction to Hunter.
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In this book NOT a spoiler, in my sight , a teenage boy gets hooked on heroin and it falls to the boy's parents to try to get him to quit. I actually winced at the raw awkward emotion. The conversation is full of the dumb things that people in trouble say, the ridiculous lies, the self-justification, the blaming … not articulate, just real. It's not as unique and difficult-to-copy as DFW, of course, but also very good and perhaps closer to the real lived experience of many people, since few of us have the thesaurus-emptying vocabulary of nearly all of DFW's characters, regardless of previously-stated educational background and intellectual prowess of these characters.
Drug addiction in the working- and middle-classes were newer and more shocking then i. But McBain was there first, don't forget: he told it the way it was. He invented a style and school of writing and plotting that has been ceaselessly imitated, because people saw something in it that hadn't been captured elsewhere. He made a new phenomenon real to a whole slew of people. There are many ways to make a good book good. McBain probably couldn't help it, any more than you can stifle a sneeze that really wants to get out.
DFW's good book is probably more profound, but McBain's good book may touch more people directly and less self-consciously. Jun 17, Gary rated it really liked it. McBain wrote three 87th Precinct novels in , and each one gets better. Today, they are a little cliched, but the emotional power in the writing is strong and steady.
There's a very interesting afterword tagged onto this one, too. A very good 87th precinct police prodecural about a pusher who tries to blackmail a police lt. Carella's snitch cracks the case, after Carella is shot three times by a punk pusher. Exciting, well done, recommended to lovers of the 87th precint.
Nov 26, Greg rated it it was ok Shelves: midth-century-american-crime , 20th-century , police-procedural , reviewed. So that's 2 rules violated right off the top. This is much like "booze runners get in trouble" from the late s. Much too standard a plot especially given that McBain's Precinct novels are on the light side.
This character is getting more interesting in this 3rd outing. A cop's Byrnes son is a junky. Light on atmosphere till the Holiday decorations go up, but still that has little to do with the plot. I think McBain wrote about 80 in this series. My understanding, however, is that he was forced to make a change in characters and their arcs by the publishers.
It shows in these early works. Who else but Ed McBain could open a police procedural novel with a two page description of the city in winter? Who else could make that city as much a character in the story as the people in it? Who else could make the exact amount of chemicals mixed to do a test in a police lab interesting?
This, the third book in the series, published almost 60 years ago, is as fresh and engaging as it was when it first hit the shelves. Sure, some of the dialog and some of the details McBain writes sounds dated now but good writing and good storytelling never goes stale. And make no mistake about it, Ed McBain is a good — make that great — storyteller. In many ways, this is a much more cerebral novel than many of the others. McBain treats us to more introspection by Steve Carella and other characters - his wife, Teddy, and Lieutenant Byrnes - here. Jul 19, Gav rated it really liked it. I know the author wrote them as a series of pot boiler books to live on but in hindsight these are great books.
Because space was limited the plot is taut and efficient, no wasted space here.
The characters are sharply drawn and the twists are proper twists. I'm enjoying the way these books read and the internal ongoing life of the setting. I also love the lack of technology and techno speak to solve problems. These feel like old school investigations.