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Author: Ed McBain
ISBN13: 978-0743426664
Title: Lullaby/Vespers/Widows (87th Precinct Mysteries)
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Language: English
Category: Mystery
Publisher: Gallery (May 1, 2001)
Pages: 816

Lullaby/Vespers/Widows (87th Precinct Mysteries) by Ed McBain

McBain, Ed, 1926-2005. Uniform Title: Novels. Varying Form of Title: Lullaby ; Vespers ; Widows. Publication, Distribution, et. New York. Pocket Books, (c)2001. Physical Description: xiv, 799 p. ;, 24 cm. Uncontrolled Related/Analytical Title: Vespers. Uncontrolled Related/Analytical Title

Book 4-5. The 87th Squad; Two Full-Length Inner Sanctum Mysteries. General Books publication date: 2009 Original pu. ore. Shelve The 87th Squad; Two Full-Length Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

After I read the first book-which I think was Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man-I was hooked, and I read every Ed McBain I could get my hands on. Then I sat down and wrote my own detective novel, The Sniper, featuring Joe Ryker. My series never reached the heights of the 87th Precinct series, but by reading those classic masterpieces, I learned all I needed to know about urban crime and how detectives think and act. And I had a hell of a time learning from the master. The latest in the 87th Precinct series, this bizarre and gripping novel shows why MWA Grand Master McBain is acclaimed for his stories about police at work in a big city. Detectives Carella and Hawes are investigating the murder of Fr. Birney at St. Catherine's, a church near the headquarters of satanists, which makes them obvious suspects. Widows (87th Precinct Mysteries).

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Lullaby ; Vespers ; Widows, Vespers.

McBain's 87th Precinct works have been adapted, sometimes loosely, into movies and television on several occasions. 2 Relation to Dragnet. Detectives of the 87th. Other regulars at the 87th. Other regular characters. 4 Ed McBain on writing an 87th Precinct novel. 5 The 87th Precinct Mysteries. 6 Short stories and novellas. The series is based on the work of the police detective squad of the 87th Precinct in the central district of Isola, a large fictional city based on New York City. And All Through the House (Novella - 1994). The Big Bad City (1999).

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McBain Trio is the 2nd volume of Mystery Guild's Lost Classics Omnibus Series. The New York Times bestselling author who changed the face of crime fiction brings back three classic 87th Precinct novels all in one volume.

McBain Ed. Categories: Fiction. ISBN 13: 9780743470742. Whether or not this coincided with a somewhat bleak era inthe history of New York City is a matter for conjecture. Not private eyes, not attorneys, not rabbis or priests, certainly not cats, or little old ladies who belonged to the garden club and solved murder mysteries in their spare time - but cops. I told them I wanted to write realistically about cops in New York City.

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In a trio of classic crime novels, the detectives of the 87th Precinct confront gang warfare and murder at the New Year in Lullaby, investigate the murder of an unpopular Catholic priest in a racially divided parish in Vespers, and confront a sensitive case involving the slaying of an elderly lawyer and his mistress in Widows. Reprint.
Reviews: 7
If Ed McBain did not invent the police procedural, he must surely be credited with making it popular. Long before Law and Order, McBain in his popular 87th Precinct series was combining the nuts and bolts of real police work investigating and solving all varieties of violent crimes. Part of McBain’s genius was infusing humanity into the investigators and the perpetrators of the crimes.

LULLABY is one of the books in the series. Originally published in 1989, it is still vibrant and entertaining.

This time, Carella, Kling and the other detectives look into the case of a murdered babysitter and an infant baby. As part of the investigation, subplots develop involving drug deals and rival gangs while another involves a woman officer trying to come to terms with her own rape.

Wondering how these different threads may or may not come together is part of the enjoyment of the story.

McBain inserts excerpts of police reports and interrogations to provide a feel of authenticity.

Less enjoyable is when he shifts scenes and perspectives without the usual line spaces or other marker to clue in the reader. This is less confusing, however, when one gets used to the technique.

All-in-all, however, this is a solid and enjoyable work by one of the masters of the genre.
In the forty-first installment of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series, the detectives of the 87th ring in the New Year with a particularly gruesome crime when a couple returns home from a New Year’s Eve party to find the sixteen-year-old babysitter knifed to death and their baby smothered. The likeliest suspect appears to be the boyfriend that the babysitter threw over a few weeks earlier, but he’s proving hard to find and, given the fact that the crimes occurred on the hardest-partying night of the year, witness statements are not as reliable as they otherwise might be.

While Steve Carella and Meyer Meyer try to find the party responsible for the killings, Detective Bert Kling finds himself in the middle of a war between two drug gangs that is becoming increasingly vicious. Both sides seem to be very well-armed and Kling, unfortunately seems to be right in the middle of the crossfire.

Finally, another detective who had a very unsettling experience in the last novel in the series is determined to quit the force but is having trouble convincing the department’s psychiatrist to sign off on the resignation. It all adds up to another fast-paced and compelling story from one of the masters of the genre.
"Lullaby" reaches perfection as a police procedural. The main plot comes to a perfect close. The police work seems real. The characters are fun to listen to. And the side story involving the admirable Eileen Burke is a perfect depiction of someone seeking help from a therapist but hating weakness and expressing her inarticulate torment as anger at the therapist. Yep! Of all McBain's police novels I've read, this one and another with a title from Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" are the most satisfying. Both are late-career novels, richer and longer than the early books. Some of the pleasure here comes from knowing the characters from earlier books, but "Lullaby" can stand alone as an introduction to Ed McBain's best work. It's really, really good.
My rating would have been higher, if the author had separated the plots a little. One sentence leaves you expecting to continue the current plot, but suddenly it switches to the second plot. No break or page marker, double space or any other indications that the plot was alternating. I certainly enjoy dual plots, or triple, but there needed to be some separation. I enjoyed the three storylines, and I was able to identify the killer of the baby and babysitter.
There were too many story lines going. Too many characters. The stories weren’t divided into chapters. It would go from one storyline to another without even a paragraph. Very frustrating book. McBain must be losing it.
Lullaby had three independent stories rolled into one book and it was constantly switching between the three and to different scenes in all three sub-plots. Reading it on the kindle, most of the breaks occurred at the end of one page or the top. With only a space between the scenes, I had to constantly pause and think where I was. Why did the story stop abruptly? It may have been different if I was reading a paperback, but I doubt it.

If the stories had come together toward the end and been interrelated, it would have made for a better novel. However, one ended by the police catching the bad guy. The murderer was no surprise. Another subplot was just a gang of drug dealers doing their own thing and the last was that of a police woman coming to terms with her job and life.

Ed McBain's books are usually a good diversion, but was not one of his best.
This book has a very entertaining story about a police detective working to solve a murder of a baby and her baby sitter. There are several subplots which mesh nicely with the plot as told by an interesting story featuring fascinating characters. The story moves quickly and thankfully doesn't feature extreme violence with the hero constantly being rushed to the hospital only to be back at work the next day. The book is well worth your time and money.
Years ago I read all the Ed McBain 87th precinct books, or at least I thought I’d read them all. Anyway, lately I’ve been re-reading some of them and came across Lullaby which I may have missed. Not just a page-turner but riveting. McBain, alias Evan Hunter (Blackboard Jungle) was truly a master of the genre.