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The Con Man: A Novel of the 87th Precinct | [Ed McBain]

The Con Man: A Novel of the 87th Precinct

When a young woman’s body is fished out of the 87th Precinct’s river, a street-wise detective is on the clock to find the con man who killed her before he strikes again.
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Publisher's Summary

A con man is plying his trade on the streets of Isola: conning a domestic for pocket change, businessmen for thousands, and even ladies in exchange for a little bit of love. You can see the world, meet a lot of nice people, imbibe some unique drinks, and make a ton of money... all by conning them for their cash. The question is: How far is he willing to go?

When a young woman's body washes up in the Harb River, the answer to that question becomes tragically clear. Now Detective Steve Carella races against time to find him before another con turns deadly. The only clue he has to go on is the mysterious tattoo on the young woman’s hand - but it’s enough. Carella takes to the streets, searching its darkest corners for a man who cons his victims out of their money... and their lives.

A crime-fiction classic, The Con Man is the third book in the 87th Precinct series from Ed McBain, whom the Daily Mirror has hailed as "the undisputed master...there’s nobody who does it better."

They're arresting! Don't miss any of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels.

©2011 Ed McBain (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

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

"Imagine your favorite Law & Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBain’s grand,ongoing accomplishment." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Lindsey MASON, OHIO, US 03-16-15
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    Dick Hill is amazing at capturing the attention of the reader and Evan hunter was a tremendous writer

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    "Brilliant narrative & splendid McBain descriptions"

    This is only the second McBain book I read and the first as an audio book.
    I really like this format. I have listened as I have done running. McBain's detailed and sometime quite humorous descriptions of people and surroundings are enchantingly witty and yet spot on. The vivid narrative of Mr Hill was also very good giving the characters personality with his change of voice and accents.

    The story was also very good. Dead girl bodies had been found floating in the river. Each girl had a heart with three letters on her hand between the thumb and the index finger. Additionally two confidence artists are tricking money from people in the area of the 87th precinct. Detectives Brown and Carello have some job to do.

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    PAR-TEE 07-12-13
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    Great story, Great characters, and Great dialogue. Literary masterpiece? read Moby Dick, for an enjoyable light romp into the 50's and the life of cops back when they ruled... This is the series!!! Teddy is my favorite character after reading 3 novels in the series. You will have to read them to find out why, no spoilers here!

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    The 87th Precinct was the first police procedural serial I ever read and that was at least three decades ago. I laughed the minute I heard the narrator: perfect voice for the book! To be sure, some age wrinkles show through as well might be expected but nonetheless, one heck of a good listen and incredibly tense at the end. My first thriller in audiobook form and I realised that in book form, I would have sped read to get to the end but no can do with audio, I had to sit and wait, wait, wait for everything to turn out. Would have given it five stars but have decided to keep 5 stars in reserve for books that knock my socks right off (which is why performance did get 5, Dick Hill could not have been better).

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