87th Precinct

55 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,976 ratings

Cop Hater 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.
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  • Book 1

    • Cop Hater

    • 87th Precinct Series, Book 1
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 278
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 277

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 1950's Noir...

    • By PAR-TEE on 07-06-13
    • 87th Precinct Series, Book 1
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 01-03-13
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 313 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 2

    • The Mugger

    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 89

    A beat cop winds up on the trail of a deadly mugger, but when it suddenly gets personal, his own life might be the next thing to be snatched….

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 50's Cop Series

    • By Aaron on 11-30-14

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 3

    • The Pusher

    • 87th Precinct Series
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    A bitterly cold night offers up a body turned blue - not frozen, but swinging from a rope in a dank basement. The dead teen seems like a clear case of suicide, but Detective Steve Carella and Lieutenant Peter Byrnes find a few facts out of place, and an autopsy confirms their suspicions. The boy hadn’t hung himself but OD’d on heroin before an unknown companion strung him up to hide the true cause of death.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • May make you run for a fix

    • By Eric J. Toll on 04-30-16
    • 87th Precinct Series
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 03-21-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 77 ratings

    Regular price: $6.99

  • Book 4

    • The Con Man

    • A Novel of the 87th Precinct
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting story and well narrated

    • By darimusb on 04-10-12
    • A Novel of the 87th Precinct
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Release date: 12-15-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 83 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 5

    • Killer's Choice

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 5
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    A woman is murdered in a liquor store, hurtling the men from the 87th Precinct into an investigation of her secret lives and many possible enemies. Faced with a host of suspects—from the woman’s former mother-in-law to her ex-husband, employer, and a string of boyfriends—the detectives find themselves with a victim whose identity spurns all conventional definition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Killer’s Choice

    • By Tracy P. on 04-04-18

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 6

    • Killer's Payoff

    • 87th Precinct, Book 6
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    It’s like an old-time gangster movie: A speeding car, a blazing gun…and suddenly a guy walking down the street without a care in the world is lying in the gutter without a head on his shoulders. But who pulled the high-powered trigger that turned Sy Kramer from a blackmailer into a chalk outline? Was it the politician’s wife with a pornographic past? The soda-pop tycoon desperate to keep a business-busting bungle bottled up? Or was it whoever was paying Kramer a small fortune to hide what must’ve been one very big bad?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • ENTERTAINING BUT NOT ONE OF THE BEST

    • By J.C.D. on 09-14-15

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 7

    • Killer's Wedge

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 7
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Her name is Virginia Dodge. And she’s here to kill Detective Steve Carella. An ordinary day at the 87th Precinct is about to take a turn for the worse when Dodge shows up to put a bullet in Carella’s head. And she doesn’t care if she has to take all the men in the 87th with her to do it. Armed with a homemade bomb, a handgun, and a bottle of nitroglycerine hidden in her purse, Virginia holds the entire squad room hostage as she waits for Carella. And no one is leaving until he shows up to meet his maker.

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 7
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Release date: 04-12-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 48 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 8

    • Lady Killer

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 8
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    >"I will kill the Lady tonight at 8. What can you do about it?" This is the message on a pasted-up letter handed to Desk Sergeant Dave Murchison at 8:00 a.m. The detectives at the 87th Precinct have gotten these types of threats before, but there’s something different about this one. Something ominous. Problem is, the city contains millions of women—finding the right one in 12 hours is like finding a needle in a haystack.

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 8
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Release date: 03-23-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 49 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 9

    • 'Til Death

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 9
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Detective Steve Carella’s sister is getting married but someone wants the groom dead, and Steve has just a few hours to locate the killer before his sister becomes a bride — and a widow — on the same day.

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 9
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 04-24-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 46 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 10

    • King's Ransom

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 10
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    The book behind the major motion picture High and Low, King's Ransom is the tenth book in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series. Here, McBain delivers the full-throttle action and suspense we have come to expect. When a wealthy businessman is faced with a kidnapping, the ransom could ruin his biggest deal ever - unless Detective Steve Carella can find the culprits before the kidnapping turns to murder.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Seriously off

    • By Candace Russell on 06-19-12
    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 10
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 04-12-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 33 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 11

    • Give the Boys a Great Big Hand

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 11
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    He dresses in black and stalks the streets of the 87th Precinct. He is a shadow, always searching for his next victim. And when he finds it, all that will be left is a severed hand. For Detectives Carella and Hawes, this new killer is an enigma. He leaves no trace of his crime—no evidence at all. Even the severed hands have had their fingertips sheared off. With nothing much to go on, the detectives work off the hunch that the black-clad killer has a grudge against the 87th.

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  • Book 12

    • The Heckler

    • 87th Precinct, Book 12
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    With crooks to cuff and pimps to put behind bars, detectives Carella and Meyer of the 87th Precinct simply don’t have the time or patience to deal with a prank caller - even if he has phoned murder threats to two dozen local shop owners. What they fail to realize, however, is they aren’t dealing with a heckler who’s ringing round for kicks but rather a modern-day Moriarty known only as the Deaf Man - and these phone calls are just his first move in a calculated scheme to pull off the bank robbery of the decade.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a great series and just gets better

    • By pratalife on 05-29-15
    • 87th Precinct, Book 12
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 03-21-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 42 ratings

    Regular price: $6.99

  • Book 13

    • See Them Die

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 13
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    “Kill me if you can.” Local thug Pepe Miranda’s open challenge to the police has pushed July’s heat to a boiling point. His latest crime elevated him to the top of the 87th Precinct’s most wanted list, and now his dare is earning him street cred as well. With the city’s most dangerous gangs mobilized for an epic showdown, the fate of the precinct hangs in the balance. But Lieutenant Peter Byrnes and his detectives are ready for anything. They aren’t going to let a challenge like that lie - not from Miranda.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I guess I'm done.

    • By Richard Anthony on 04-18-17
    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 13
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Release date: 05-09-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 14

    • Lady, Lady, I Did It!

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 14
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    The only person Detective Bert Kling cares about in this world is his fiancée, Claire Townsend. And when her body is found slain at the infamous “bookstore massacre,” Bert and every detective in the precinct is determined to get the man responsible. To do so, they’re going to have to figure out the connection between a junkie, a professor, a bookstore owner, and the beautiful fiancée of a cop. When they do, there will be nowhere for the killer to hide. This is a devastating look at the personal side of a hardened detective.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I'm hooked now, going for #15.

    • By Richard Anthony on 12-24-17

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 15

    • The Empty Hours

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 15
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    These three nerve-racking stories from best-selling author Ed McBain put detectives from the 87th Precinct on the trail of different killers who take the lives of a rich woman, a rabbi, and a ski instructor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great all the way around

    • By Richard Anthony on 12-28-17

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 16

    • Like Love

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 16
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    There’s a lot going on in the 87th Precinct this spring, and none of it is good. Jumpers on building ledges, a salesman torn apart by an explosion, and to cap it all off, they find the dead, half-naked bodies of Irene Thayer and Tommy Barlow in bed together. It has all the earmarks of a double suicide: a note, empty liquor bottles, closed windows, and the gas on the stove turned up. At least this one’s open and shut. Or is it?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I loved the story, but

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-21-12
    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 16
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 05-23-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 29 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 17

    • Ten Plus One

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 17
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    An anonymous sniper on a deadly rampage has the men of the 87th Precinct on their heels and the city with tattered nerves. They must somehow find their man before he takes aim again. A gritty, relentless pressure cooker of a thriller, Ten Plus One is one of best-selling author Ed McBain’s finest, the ultimate addition to the 87th Precinct series where time threatens to stand still and murder rules the day.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • For genre fans only

    • By Mark on 08-31-13
    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 17
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 06-07-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 34 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 18

    • Ax

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 18
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    An ax murderer has taken root in the 87th Precinct. Will Detectives Hawes and Carella be able to stop him before he kills again?

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 18
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 06-15-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 19

    • He Who Hesitates

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 19
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    A craftsman visiting the city struggles to contact the 87th Precinct with details of a former lover’s sudden death when there’s another beauty distracting him.

    Regular price: $13.99

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