Fb2 The Mugger ePub

by Ed McBain

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Ed McBain
ISBN: 0380700816
ISBN13: 978-0380700813
Language: English
Publisher: Avon Books (May 1, 1986)
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Ed McBain (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952.

Ed McBain (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) was an American author and screenwriter. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956. He also used the pen names John Abbott, Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, Ezra Hannon, and Richard Marsten, amongst others. His 87th Precinct novels have become staples of the police procedural genre.

This mugger is special. The second book in the 87th Precinct series, The Mugger is an Ed McBain classic, a nuanced portrayal of justice and vengeance hailed by the Daily Mirror as a masterpiece of crime writin. nd there's nobody who does it better.

The first chance he got was on his lunch hour.

The first chance he got was on his lunch hour r Ralph Townsend. He went into the booth, deposited a dime, and dialed the number. He allowed the phone to ring for a total of twelve times, and then he hung up. There were a lot of things to keep him busy on the beat that afternoon.

Ed McBain was one of the pen names of successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter (1926–2005). A violent mugger calling himself Clifford is running loose in the 87th Precinct. Hal Willis’ efforts to catch him will eventually encompass female officer, Eileen Burke. Debuting in 1956, the popular 87th Precinct series is one of the longest running crime series ever published, featuring more than 50 novels, and is hailed as "one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. She will be the bait in an effort to trap Clifford before anyone else takes a sock on the jaw.

And you will thank Clifford back for this exciting, fast-paced early entry in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series of police thrillers

And you will thank Clifford back for this exciting, fast-paced early entry in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series of police thrillers. A mugger is brutalizing the women of the 87th Precinct, stealing their purse, punching them up, and taking his leave with a dandyesque bow and the immortal words: "Clifford thanks yo.

The 87th Precinct one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. -Pete Hamill, Newsday. McBain has the ability to make every character believable-which few writers these days can d. -. -Associated Press show more.

by. McBain, Ed, 1926-2005. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

All the signs pointed to the mugger loose in the city, the crazy polite one who thanked his victims after he robbed them. Book Condition: Good Edge Wears Wears Back and Front Cover Creases Spine Creases Discoloration. But maverick cop Bert Kling had a gut instinct the killer was someone else-and started sniffing down a different path. Kling knew he was bucking the brass. But in the 87th Precinct, sometimes truth spoke louder than the rulebook.

Ed McBain was an American author and screenwriter. He was born in October 1926 and passed away in July 2005, at the honorable age of seventy-eight. He was born under the name Salvatore Albert Lombino, however he legally changed his name in 1952 to Evan Hunter. Despite this, he is far better known under the name Ed McBain, due to the fact that this is author title on his wildly successful collection of crime fiction novels. Ed McBain was a born and bred New Yorker. He was lived in Harlem, New York City from when he was born until he turned twelve. His family then moved to the Bronx.

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The 87th Precinct patrolmen aggressively pursue a mugger who preys on women after he puts one victim in the hospital and another in the morgue, but patrolman Bert Kling has a personal reason for stalking the criminal
Comments to eBook The Mugger
Obong
“Here, bludgeoned by poverty, exploited by pushers and thieves and policeman alike, forced into cramped and dirty dwellings, rescued occasionally by the busiest fire department in the entire city, treated like guinea pigs by the social workers, like aliens by the rest of the city, like potential criminals by the police, here were the Puerto Ricans.”

Ed McBain would often begin writing with only a title in mind, then wing it. But here, he had written a story for Manhunt Magazine called Now Die in It. He culled from the plot and situation of that story, adapting it to fit this fine second outing for the boys of the 87th Precinct. It is clear from the opening moments that McBain wants to make the city of Isola a living thing in this one; the first seven paragraphs contain beautifully descriptive prose likening the city to a woman, after all. McBain also, by design, made the entire squad room the hero of the series. To that end, he places Carella off-screen in this entry, on vacation. Carella doesn’t return until the very end, just in time to listen to the story about the cats.

A violent mugger calling himself Clifford is running loose in the 87th Precinct. Hal Willis’ efforts to catch him will eventually encompass female officer, Eileen Burke. She will be the bait in an effort to trap Clifford before anyone else takes a sock on the jaw. This is the main story-line, but there is another. This was a device often used by McBain, and it was very rare that there weren’t at least two or three investigations ongoing, keeping it interesting — and realistic — for readers.

Kling, a name readers of the 87th Precinct novels know well, is still a beat cop here. He has no sooner been released from the hospital where he’s recovering from a bullet wound in his shoulder, than an old acquaintance wants him to talk to his young and sexy sister-in-law. When Kling tries to talk with her, she blows him off. Then the teenage knockout gets knocked off. Something clutched in her hand will tie the two cases together.

Bert Kling dates Claire Townsend in this one, but I can’t say more in case you’ve not read any further than The Mugger. Written after Cop Hater, this fills in some of the backstory of characters, as well as being a fine - if early - 87th Precinct novel. Robert B. Parker, Tony Hillerman and Elmore Leonard were all admirers of Ed McBain and his 87th Precinct novels. Yes, these early ones especially are dated as per police techniques, but they’re terrific reads, and once you’ve read a couple, you’ll be hooked.
INvait
Burt Kling is a cop who walks the beat out of the 87th Precinct in Isola. While he is on leave after being shot and beat-up in the previous novel, Burt is approached by an old neighborhood friend for help. Meanwhile, there is a mugger who has struck throughout the city. He robs women and then leaves his calling card by bowing and thanking them before striking them in the face. His name is Clifford. When one of Clifford's victims turn up dead, Burt does the unthinkable and get involved in the murder investigation (something that can cost Burt his badge) because he knew the victim.

The Mugger focuses on another officer of the 87th Precinct (Steve Carella happens to be on his honeymoon). I guess the Ed McBain wanted to show that there was more to the 87th Precinct than just Steve Carella. One of the highlights for me was the undercover work with Detective Eileen Burke. From the granddaddy of the police procedural, I'd say read it. Cop Hater is a great introduction to the series, and The Mugger is a good example of continuing the series.
Macill
This is the second in the 87th Precinct series. I may be hooked as I have read three of the series in the last month and have more on hand. Ed McBain is a great writer and paints pictures with his words.
What I liked about this book is that I was able to piece the puzzle together before it was revealed. In the first book Cop Hater after the twist was revealed I could think back and see that all the clues were there. To me this is great mystery story telling when the reader can piece together the crime rather than just springing it on the reader in the conclusion.
I do have a complaint for Amazon. All the books in this series are not available digitally. I have had to buy paperbacks of two of the first six books. Make sure you get an accurate listing of the series. I made the mistake of reading book 4 (The Con Man) before I realized I had not read book 3 (The Pusher). They do refer back to prior incidents and introduce new characters in each book.
Tat
Surprisingly solid, even from a master of the genre like McBain, considering it's only the 2nd novel of the 87th Precinct. Somehow this one avoids almost completely the dated references that have damaged the quality of later books in retrospect- there is a reference to policeman salaries that catches the eye but nothing dragging the plot down. Even Bert Kling can't sink this one, it's a fun, quick read.
Keth
I spent thirty years as a public librarian, and I must have read every book the library owned at least once. I think we owned all the 87th Precinct series, because mysteies are always very popular. I read them many years ago, several times. But now I am retired, and am trying to write a mystery of my own, mostly for something to do. Because I've never been a cop, and don't know very much about how they do things. I downloaded "The Mugger" primarily as a reference resource to police procedure. I really have no idea just how accurate it is, but again, I throughly enjoyed reading the book, and I expect to eventually buy the whole set. The Mugger seems to be actually the second book in the series. For some reason, the first one is not out in Kindle yet. Someone whom he had known years ago unexpectedly called Bert Kling, who is a ordinary beat cop, and asks him to talk to his sister-in-law. Kling is reluctant, but he tries to do as he is asked. At the time, the detective force is involved in trying to solve a series of muggerings, in which the mugger claims to be named Clifford. Unlikely name, and it is even more unlikely that a mugger would tell his victims, "Clifford thanks you" right after he finishes beating them up and stealing their valuables. Kling is warned off the case by the regular detectives, but he ends up solving it, after the sister-in-law is murdered.
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