Since the plot features (not entirely convincingly) both rap and Google – neither of which was a twinkle in anybody’s eye when Ed McBain introduced his astonishingly durable 87th Precinct mystery series in 1956 – nobody can accuse Hark! of being behind the times. But like ”Law & Order,” which it fondly name-checks, some installments are more compelling than others, and this one (the 54th) suffers from a rickety wordplay-driven story involving anagrams and palindromes as well as the return of the Deaf Man, a guest villain who bedevils the boys of the 87th every decade or so. It’s no place for newcomers to jump aboard; as for the faithful who have been around since the days when the only other crime-drama choice was ”Dragnet,” they won’t need an invitation.
Hark! Since the plot features (not entirely convincingly) both rap and Google -- neither of which was a twinkle in anybody's eye when Ed McBain introduced...Hark!FictionEd McBain Since the plot features (not entirely convincingly) both rap and Google -- neither of which was a twinkle in anybody's eye when Ed McBain introduced...2004-08-06
Genre: Fiction; Author: Ed McBain
Posted January 17 2015 — 6:16 AM EST
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