The Mugger

The Mugger

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 111 x 181mm | 95g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • illustrations, map
  • 0140019693
  • 9780140019698

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After more than half a century in crime fiction, Ed McBain deserves to have a genre dedicated to himself. It could perhaps be argued that he already has, and anyone with even a passing interest in such writing is familiar with his name. He was the first writer from outside Britain to win the Crime Writers' Association/Cartier Diamond Dagger Award and has also laid claim to the prestigious Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. For those who don't know his writing, and there cannot be many, now is a good time to be introduced. And this - the second tale from the legendary 87th Precinct, which now merits a new edition 40 years on from its original publication - is as good a place to start as any. Among the dark, living streets of the city, a strangely polite mugger is causing concern for the hard-bitten cops of the precinct. This nondescript attacker has a penchant for punching his female victims, before bowing theatrically, thanking them and disappearing into the shadows of the night, which he wears 'like a cloak'. He goes by the decidedly un-macho name of Clifford, but when he hospitalises one victim and kills another, the likes of Bert Kling, Roger Havilland and Hal Willis have decided that he has gone too far. To date there have been more than 50 books in this series, and it's a testament to McBain's talents that his prose and his characters have aged so well. There are countless lovely little touches here that not only survive the intervening decades but seem to thrive as a result of them. The characters are manifold, and as they appear and reappear, all of them are ceaselessly supported by the author's own personal hero of these yarns - the 'squadroom' itself. (Kirkus UK)show more

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