87th Precinct

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Cop Hater

As a cop with the city's famed 87th Precinct, Steve Carella has seen it all. Or so he thinks. Because nothing can prepare him for the sight that greets him on a sweltering July night: fellow detective Mike Reardon's dead body splayed across the sidewalk, his face blown away by a .45. Days later, Reardon's partner is found dead, a .45-caliber bullet buried deep in his chest. Only a fool would call it a coincidence, and Carella's no fool.

Year: 1956     Genre: Police Procedural

The Mugger

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....

Year: 1956     Genre: Police Procedural

The Pusher

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 someone strung him up to hide the true cause of death. The revelation dredges up enough muck to muddy the waters of what should've been an open-and-shut case.

Year: 1956     Genre: Drug DealingPolice Procedural

The Con Man

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.

Year: 1957     Genre: Police Procedural

Killer's Choice

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.

Year: 1957     Genre: Police Procedural

Killer's Payoff

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 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?

Year: 1958     Genre: Police Procedural

Lady Killer

"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 twelve hours is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Year: 1958     Genre: Police ProceduralRace Against Time

Killer's Wedge

A woman holds the entire 87th Precinct hostage with a homemade bomb and loaded handgun, but her only real target is none other than Detective Steve Carella.

Year: 1959     Genre: Police Procedural

'til Death

The wedding day of Detective Steve Carella's sister Angela should be the most romantic, special day of her life. But it might turn out to be the worst if her brother can't figure out which man on the guest list has come to murder the groom. But time is ticking, and if they don't act fast, Angela will become a bride--and a widow--on the same day.

Year: 1959     Genre: Police Procedural

King's Ransom

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.

Year: 1959     Genre: KidnappingPolice Procedural

Eighty Million Eyes

A comedian dies on national television in front of forty million viewers, and the detectives of the 87th Precinct must solve the puzzle of how he made someone mad enough to murder.

Year: 1966     Genre: Police Procedural

The Last Dance

In this city, you can get anything done for a price. If you want someone's eyeglasses smashed, it'll cost you a subway token. You want his fingernails pulled out? His legs broken? You want him more seriously injured? You want him hurt so he's an invalid his whole life? You want him skinned, you want him burned, you want him--don't even mention it in a whisper--killed? It can be done. Let me talk to someone. It can be done.

Year: 2000     Genre: Murder For HirePolice Procedural

Money, Money, Money

Christmas in the city, but it isn't the giving season. A retired Gulf War pilot, a careless second-story man, a pair of angry Mexicans, and an equally shady pair of Secret Service agents are in town after a large stash of money, and no one is interested in sharing. Steve Carella and Fat Ollie Weeks catch the squeal when the lions in the city zoo get an unauthorized feeding of a young woman's body. And then there's a trash can stuffed with a book salesman carrying a P-38 Walther and a wad of big bills.

Year: 2001     Genre: Police Procedural

Fat Ollie's Book

Known more for his foul mouth and short temper than his way with words, Detective Weeks has written a novel. But just as Isola is rocked by the murder of a mayoral candidate, the only copy of Ollie's manuscript is stolen -- and an all-too-real adventure begins as a thief follows Ollie's fictional blueprint to find a $2 million cache of nonexistent diamonds. Now, the 87th Precinct races to bring poetic justice to a cold-blooded assassin...

Year: 2002     Genre: Jewel ThiefsPolice Procedural

Frumious Bandersnatch

The kidnapping was audacious, there were plenty of witnesses... But no one attending the dazzling launch party for up-and-coming pop idol Tamar Valparaiso knew what they were seeing when, halfway through her performance, masked men whisked the sexy young singer off a luxury yacht and into a waiting speedboat. Steve Carella and the detectives of the 87th Precinct faced with time as their enemy in the race to find Tamar's abductors -- before the rising star is extinguished forever.

Year: 2003     Genre: KidnappingMusicPolice Procedural


Unscrambling the cryptic messages -- anagrams, Detective Carella called them -- delivered to the 87th Precinct confirmed that the master criminal who has eluded them time and again is not only alive and well, but may or may not be behind a deadly revenge shooting. But he's getting through loud and clear with clues drawn from Shakespeare's works -- taunting hints and maddening riddles pointing to his next plan of attack. For when the Deaf Man talks, everybody listens...or somebody gets hurt.

Year: 2004     Genre: Police Procedural


A blind violinist, a cosmetics sales rep cooking, a college professor, a priest, an old woman--these are the seemingly random targets shot twice in the face. But most serial killers don't use guns. Most serial killers don't strike five times in two weeks. And most serial killers' prey share something more than being over fifty years of age. Now it falls to Detective Steve Carella and his colleagues in the 87th Precinct to find out what-or whom-the victims had in common before another body is found.

Year: 2005     Genre: Police ProceduralSerial Killer

See Also


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Own Read Rating WishSeriesYearTitleAuthorGenres & Tags

-- -- -- --11956 Cop HaterEd McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --21956 The MuggerEd McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --31956 The PusherEd McBainDrug DealingPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --41957 The Con ManEd McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --51957 Killer's ChoiceEd McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --61958 Killer's PayoffEd McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --71958 Lady KillerEd McBainPolice ProceduralRace Against Time
-- -- -- --81959 Killer's WedgeEd McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --91959 'til DeathEd McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --101959 King's RansomEd McBainKidnappingPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --211966 Eighty Million EyesEd McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --502000 The Last DanceEd McBainMurder For HirePolice Procedural
-- -- -- --512001 Money, Money, MoneyEd McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --522002 Fat Ollie's BookEd McBainJewel ThiefsPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --532003 Frumious BandersnatchEd McBainKidnappingMusicPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --542004 Hark!Ed McBainPolice Procedural
-- -- -- --552005 FiddlersEd McBainPolice ProceduralSerial Killer


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