Reader ☆ Hark Author Ed McBain ´ Ed McBain
I'm a Fathead Men I Am the Deaf Man Unscrambling the cryptic messages anagrams Detective Carella called them delivered to the 87th Precinct confirmed that the master criminal who has eluded them time and again is no I recently reviewed Cop Hater the first of the 87th Precinct novels Hark is the author’s penultimate effort I was interested in how it would compare to his early work Why is this something that would appeal to me? Let me uote from a review of Cop Hater by my GR friend Bobby Underwood “Gritty lean and at times surprisingly romantic the first entry in the 87th Precinct series remains one of the bestIt seems old hat today tagging along with Carella Kling Meyer Meyer Hawes and the rest of the 87th Precinct cops as they tried to solve multiple crimes so they could make it home to their sweethearts or go find one but when Cop Hater was written it stood alone as something uniue Despite it being imitated over the decades in various ways by a lot of authors some of them very good in their own right it still does Reading it now it needs to be judged within that context and when it is it shines”There is a lot in Hark of what I liked in Cop Hater the multiple storylines; the dynamics of the 87th personalities; the mixture of the urgent and mundane Yet this effort comes up a bit short Except for a few references to contemporary celebrities and events it still has a 1950s vibe even though it was written in the 21st century The central plot involves a familiar criminal The Deaf Man and he is again intent on making life miserable for the precinct’s detectives while showing what a brilliant mind he possesses McBain has put a lot of work into this aspect of the plot but it didn’t connect with me the way some of his other books did Some of the other subplots worked well Ollie Weeks shows up for a nice turn Cotton Hawes has a lot to think about as he dodges a sniper’s bullets But Carella’s thoughts about the impending second marriages of his mother and sister are awkward at best and poorly developed at worst Am I a grumpy old man? Or just an old dog now less amused by another old dog’s usual bag of tricks?
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Hark Author Ed McBaT only alive and well but may or may not be behind a deadly revenge shooting For that matter the Deaf Man may or may not be deaf But he's getting through loud and clear with clues drawn from Shakespeare's works taun The Deaf Man is back from his near death experience in his last escapade First vengeance shall be his on the person who almost killed him and then he is back to playing games with the 87th Precinct detectives as he is sending them clues to his next theft I did not like that the other plot lines were not crimes but personal stories the marriages of Carella's mother and sister Bert Kling's pathetic love life and Elaine starting a new relationship Hard to believe there is only one book left in this series and the name of that book suggests it might be a seuel to this one