An 87th Precinct Mystery


Ed McBain (Evan Hunter), Book Club Associates, London, 1973, Hardcover, 212 pages.


Sleeve notes: It was four days before Christmas. The woman who had been stabbed lay on the sidewalk by the apartment block where she lived.


Looking like ghosts themselves, the detectives who stood in the falling snow round her body wanted to get away and finish their Christmas shopping. The crime was unseasonably early; suicides don’t start till Christmas Eve and then taper off until New Year’s Eve when there’s another rush of them.


But Marian Esposito was no suicide. Nor was the author of the best-selling Deadly Shades, whose body, stabbed in nineteen places, was found only minutes later – upstairs in his flat in the same building.


Detective Steve Carella of the Eighty-Seventh Precinct sometimes thought the city grew corpses like mushrooms. Even by his standards, he was in for some shocks before seeing the last of these two highly unseasonable killings. A pair of near-nymphomaniac sisters, he could, so to speak, take in his stride. But a journey with the author’s mistress, a professional medium, to the old house which had figured in Deadly Shades, proved the most terrifying experience of his life. And if he did not end totally convinced by parapsychological phenomena, he solved his case when he found there are more kinds of ghosts than one.


Condition: Good, there is some foxing on page edges, slight stubs to spine ends.


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