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Poison

87th Precinct, Book 39
By: Ed McBain
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Series: 87th Precinct, Book 39
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Her former lovers are dying one by one, and beautiful Marilyn Hollis is a top suspect. Smitten Detective Willis tries to believe in her innocence, until he begins to have his doubts.

©1987 Ed McBain (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century." (Pete Hamill, Newsday)
"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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What disappointed you about Poison?

The characters weren't likable and the plot wasn't credible.

What was most disappointing about Ed McBain’s story?

The lead character had no cohesive philosophy, ethics, or rules of life. One minute he's upright-- an adult with character. Next he's acting like a baby, a fool and a man without a backbone.

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

no

What character would you cut from Poison?

The opening detectives--their dialogue about the smell went on for way too long for no good reason.

Any additional comments?

This book is from the Mad Men era. People's attitudes have changed since then. The book is mired in the past.