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  • Unfortunately the officer at HQ contacted the 87 precinct and the call was intercepted by Virginia
  • I've always enjoyed Ed McBain novels, especially those about the 87 precinct
  • I like the inventive plots, snappy dialogue and particularly the dry humor

    • by Jacinth K Lee
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      Killer’s Wedge was written by Ed McBain, and published by New American Library in 1974.

      Ingenious of McBain to have everything happened and resolved within a day - the main drama inside a police station without the presence of the person who was the fundamental cause of the crisis.

      It started when a distraught Virginia Dodge walked into the 87 precinct and held up Lieutenant Brynes and his men in the squadroom with a gun and a bottle of nitroglycerin.

      She


      was there to kill Steve Carella, whom she blamed for the death of her husband.

      Carella was away, working at the suspected suicide of a rich old man, whose death would benefit his three surviving sons.

      Lieutenant Brynes and his men were sweating at the precinct, individually planning to get the woman away from her gun and the liquid bomb! Hawes was wondering how to divert the woman’s attention; while Meyer (funny man that he was!) had successfully ...


      • sneaked out 3 copies of a plea for help through a window.

        However all three copies were ineffectual one of them was actually reported to the HQ police.

        Unfortunately the officer at HQ contacted the 87 precinct and the call was intercepted by Virginia.

        I’ve always enjoyed Ed McBain novels, especially those about the 87 precinct.

        I like the inventive plots, snappy dialogue and particularly the dry humor.

        McBain developed fascinating characters for the

        87 precinct detectives.

        He had a personal story about each of them, their families or lovers.

        There are however, two things in this story that seemed implausible.

        How could the security at a police station be so lax that a civilian could walk in and hold up the team? And a mere woman could hold up the tough guys in a police station? Overall, this is a typical McBain classic sassy, gripping and delightful!




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