The fiftieth novel in the 87th Precinct series is a gritty, witty tour-de force combining violence, fear and treachery with Ed McBain's inimitable leavening of laughter and selfless heroism.
Set in Isola, the city that both is and is not New York City, it features his world-reknowned squadroom of heroes and anti-heroes, joined together by a tough and often unrewarding job.
This time a man with no enemies is found hanging in what appears to be a suicide. But Carella and Brown soon discover that, drugged and unconscious, he could not possibly have hanged himself. They are dealing with murder. The investigation takes them into the politics and passions of a musical in preparation. Or rather two: one that happened half a century ago and one that is happening now . . .
Ed McBain is a master. - Newsweek
McBain is so good he ought to be arrested - Publishers Weekly
When it comes to the voices of the city, McBain is the man with the golden ear. - New York Times Book Review
A virtuoso. - Guardian
One of the masters of crime fiction. - Sunday Telegraph
Ed McBain (1926-2005) was born Salvatore Lombino in New York. He changed his name to Evan Hunter and under that name is known as the author of THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE and as the writer of the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS. The 87th Precinct series numbers over fifty novels. McBain was a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and was one of three American writers to be awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement.