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Publication Order of 87th Precinct Books

Cop Hater (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mugger (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pusher (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Con Man (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer's Choice (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady Killer (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer's Wedge (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer's Payoff (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
King's Ransom (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
'Til Death (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heckler (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
See Them Die (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady, Lady, I Did It! (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Empty Hours (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Like Love (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten Plus One (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ax / Axe (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
He Who Hesitates (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doll (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eighty Million Eyes (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fuzz (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shotgun (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jigsaw (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here! (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sadie When She Died (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hail to the Chief (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bread (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Relatives (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Long as You Both Shall Live (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Long Time No See (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calypso (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghosts (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heat (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
McBain Brief (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ice (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightning (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
And All Through The House (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eight Black Horses (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poison (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lullaby (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vespers (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tricks (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Widows (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mischief (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Romance (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nocturne (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Bad City (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Dance (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Money, Money, Money (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fat Ollie's Book (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Frumious Bandersnatch (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hark! (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiddlers (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

The 87th Precinct is a thrilling crime fiction series that dwells on mystery murders. It has always been on the radar of American crime literature ever since the series came into existence in 1956.At first, the series was destined to be a police procedural and there was no idea of making it such a profound crime series.

The editor asked McBain to do a rewrite of the first novel in the series and in due course the hero who is the main character survived at the end of the story. What next after Steve Carella survived? This is how the series was born.

McBain, also called Evan Hunter authored the series. He was born in Salvatore Lombino in 1926.Is this not the man who has written under different pseudonyms like Ezra Hannon, Curt Canon and John Abbot? Yes of course but we are focusing on what he does in the 87TH Precinct. He graduated from the Hunter College in English and psychology but minored in dramatics. Those are the qualities of the man behind the crime series that is sung left right and center for decades now.

Detective Steve Carella is the main character in the series and he works his “miracles”diligently. He unfolds numerous truths like the intelligent detectives we have previously seen in the world of mystery fiction. He is also honest. One of his characters is the capability to join pieces of different times in a case and piece the case together. He marries Theodora and raises a family in the course of the series.

The Cop Hater, one of theearly works of McBain in the series, was authored in 1956. There is a tricky murder that takes away three police detectives in a row and in quick succession. Steve Carella is on a hunt to know what is on the ground and seeks to go to the underworld to investigate.

The murder begins with Mike Reardon when he is on his way for a night shift duty. The assailant shoots him from behind with a.45 handgun. Steve and his colleagues are unaware of the killer and they begin seeking a revelation of the murderer of their friend. Unfortunately, they do not seem to know that it is the beginning of police killings.

Shortly after, David Foster also is slain by the bullet from the same killer. The two murders leave Steve and Hank Bush afraid. They immediately try to find out who committed the murder this time. Questioning follows and the wives of the deceased, few suspects in the circus are thoroughly interrogated but no solution to the riddle at hand is reached.

It is not a surprise that the mystery killer comes for the soul of Mr. Bush a few nights later. The weapon is the same-the lethal .45 handgun .Fear creeps into Steve because he does not need a prophet to predict that he is probably the next victim if he is unable to stop the unknown killer.

He meets a reporter, Savage, who questions him about what the police think the killer looks like. He gives a description of the killer’s supposed weight, build and profession. He reveals about his planned date with his girlfriend. Little does he know that he would find all these published on the newspaper the following day. When he realizes they are published, he runs to see if Teddy, his fiancé, is safe.

Curses and noise receive detective Carella when he finally gets to the home of his girlfriend. As expected, he finds the killer on the hunt for the soul of his fiancé. The .45 this time is aimed at him suddenly but due to his intelligence, he drops down to the floor, shoots the enemy twice in his thigh using his .38 handgun. This is however done after he ensures that Teddy is safe. This is how the killer is caught for questioning.

Paul Mercer, as he is discovered to be known after questioning, is a hired assassin. The hirer is realized to be Alice Bush, the wife to Hank Bush. She wants her husband dead and promises affection to Mercer if the mission is accomplished. In the end both are given a death sentence. It is after this that Steve marries Teddy.

Detective Carella also features in The Pusher. Thisis another 1956 entertaining read .In the story, Carella and detective Berth Kling are alerted about a supposed suicide. This time the mystery is in a man who appears to have had an overdose of a drug and then hanged thereafter. The setting is in a poor working class society in Isola and it is not easy to determine the person behind the murder.

When the detectives go out interrogating people in the society, the victim’s sister seems to have more information that she has kept secret than what she is telling to the detectives. The sister is an addict and may be has a lot of knowledge about what has transpired but does not want to spill the beans.

It is surprising when an unknown caller, gets through to Lieutenant Byrnes and asks him to examine carefully the fingerprints on the syringe that is found with the victim. He turns out to be the victim’s father and doubts whether the fingerprints are those of his dead son.

Investigations show that the deceased was a drug dealer who fears competition posed by another pusher, Gonzo. The new pusher takes over the territory of drug dealing that is held by the victim and it is really surprising when detective Carella unfolds the fact that it is Gonzo who murders the deceased.

Recently, TV movie known as 87th Precinct: Heatwave has featured the series book Heatwave. It is a 94 minutes movie in which detectives are hunting a rapist and killer. In 1996, a year prior to the movie above, the 87th Precinct: Ice featured another series book-Ice .There is this 1961-1962 NBC television series that features the detective Steve as Robert Lansing that goes to fame in the earlier stages of the series. Other books is the series include; Jigsaw, Ten Plus one and Like love.

The series is worth having in your library shelves. And you want to feel the fear and anxiety of the mysteries unfolded by the detective in the movies made from the novels. You are sure not to miss any single episode. You are not willing to stop reading the novel for dinner tea too. Get the books for and gain maximum fun.

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