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Cop Hater: 87th Precinct Series, Book 1 | [Ed McBain]

Cop Hater: 87th Precinct Series, Book 1

When a sniper begins gunning down cops from the 87th Precinct in cold blood, it’s up to Detective Steve Carella to solve the case. With three cops already dead, Carella delves into the city’s underworld to search for the killer.
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Publisher's Summary

When a sniper begins gunning down cops from the 87th Precinct in cold blood, it’s up to Detective Steve Carella to solve the case. With three cops already dead, Carella delves into the city’s underworld to search for the killer.

©1990 Ed McBain (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“McBain has the ability to make every character believable - which few writers these days can do.” (Associated Press)

“McBain forces us to think twice about every character we meet…even those we thought we already knew.” (New York Times Book Review)

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    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 07-06-13
    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 07-06-13 Member Since 2012

    Bongoman

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    "1950's Noir..."

    Really enjoyed this trip down memory lane. This police procedural takes you back to a time before CSI forensics and the "bulls" were the king of the streets and tough as nails. Corruption, abuse, and sex was part of a "bulls" every day life. being nice did not solve crimes. I find McBain's characters to be realistic and not as one dimensional as Elmore Leonard. Light, entertaining stories with a nostalgic flair. I recommend and am in the process of reading "The Mugger".

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Parsippany, NJ United States 03-18-13
    Amazon Customer Parsippany, NJ United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absoutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Written during a time before CSI and Law and Order, Cop Hater takes the reader back to a time when police work was pounding the pavement. No technology, no women in the workplace, "foreigners" looked at as if they were exotic animals, smoking indoors and everyone dressed in their Sunday best, are just a few things that make Cop Hater so enjoyable. The reader has to figure out the who-dun-it without the cell phone records or DNA evidence. It makes you wonder, how did anything ever get done before David Caruso and his Aviator sunglasses?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Toll Scottsdale, AZ, USA 05-17-14
    Eric J. Toll Scottsdale, AZ, USA 05-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Dang, it's about time for the 87th Precinct"

    First of all, it's cops, it's hardboiled detective fiction, it's an old, old book, and Dick Hill narrates. For a mystery buff, that's all it should take to buy this novel.

    One feature this book has that I really appreciated is the author's preface from the late Evan Hunter (née Salvatore Albert Lombino). In it Hunter/McBain tells the backstory of the 87th Precinct series. Despite the fact I had read the entire series, it answered questions about why and what went into the books.

    One of McBain's techniques was inserting police forms and criminal notes into the book, these visuals don't translate well and slow the book's flow, but I don't know how else the audio team could handle them.

    The book is the first in a series and it's crucial to begin to learn the members of the Precinct and watch them grow, age and evolve over the next 25 or so books. They grow, marry, divorce, die, kill, and solve crime after crime. Police tactics and interaction with citizens, witnesses and criminals also evolve. Remember that the first book predates the Miranda warning.

    The books are hardboiled detective fiction. Gruff, growling dialogue, vivid narration, and you'll be enthralled. The books show their age in slang and idioms, but over all it's groovy. Oh wait, that'll be in like, book 15 or so.

    So download, pour yourself a rye on the rocks, turn off all the lights but the one by your chair, and listen. Dang, you'll love it. Just remember when it was written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Brooks Boston 'burb 04-17-14
    R. Brooks Boston 'burb 04-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Good Writing, Great Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Cop Hater the most enjoyable?

    Surprising well written. Best part was Dick Hill's narration especially his description of the sudden rain after a heat wave in the era before AC. Beginning of Chapter 16.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cop Hater?

    First 2 minutes of Chapter 16; Dick Hill may be overly dramatic, but it's very entertaining!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada 08-09-14
    Anne Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada 08-09-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Ed McBain's First 87th Precinct novel"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only for historic interest - his subsequent books are much better. But this was a new format for the times, having a group of protagonists, and it was interesting to hear the interview with the author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    I really like Dick Hill's narration, but his version of a New York area accent was painful to my ear. His normal accent would have been much nicer to listen to!


    Any additional comments?

    Listening was mildly entertaining, as a window on a past time, but the story unfolded rather predictably without being clever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Hempel Cincnnati, OH 07-15-14
    Joe Hempel Cincnnati, OH 07-15-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Are we sure this isn't Stan Lee reading?"
    What did you love best about Cop Hater?

    The story, largely considered the inspiration behind Law and Order was definitely ahead of its time, and was an excellent "read"


    What other book might you compare Cop Hater to and why?

    There is nothing like it


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I've not listened


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I swear this guy sounds like Stan Lee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Hereford, AZ, United States 06-12-14
    Kelly Hereford, AZ, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator almost ruins the book."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    I do not like this performance. Please find someone else to read these books!


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved Ed McBain books since the first time I read one decades ago. I have read every book he has ever printed and have never been disappointed in the story. I do not like this narrator. I wish he would retire or find some other form of work. His performance makes the story difficult to listen to and if I hadn't already been a McBain fan I would not have ever read another book of his based on this performance. I will eventually purchase all of the McBain books to listed to because I love the author's work but I will have to have long breaks between listening to them with this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-28-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I listened to more than half and stopped."

    I was not interested in the characters. I was not curious to know what would happen. It’s a police procedural/cop drama written in the 1950s. Cops are interviewing people to solve murders. The people being interviewed are gang members, ex-cons, a drug addict. I was hoping this would be like Harry Bosch (the Michael Connelly series). But it was not.

    The audiobook narrator Dick Hill was very good.

    Genre: crime fiction

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Hereford Hamilton, VA USA 03-24-14
    Ann Hereford Hamilton, VA USA 03-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Bought this on Dick Hill's recommendation"
    Any additional comments?

    Dick Hill is my favorite narrator, hands down. I bought this based on his recommendation for his favorite series narrated recently featured on Audible. It was awful. Even Dick Hill couldn't save this one. This is the first book narrated by him that I haven't liked at all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Florence, SC, United States 03-16-13
    J. Florence, SC, United States 03-16-13
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    "Awful narration"
    What would have made Cop Hater better?

    Any other narrator that I have heard in about 900 books.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ed McBain? Why or why not?

    Yers, I plan to if narrator is differenct sfrom Book 1,


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    No


    3 of 20 people found this review helpful
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