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! 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… 2004-08-03 Fiction
Book Review

Hark! (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 03, 2004; Writer: Ed McBain; Genre: Fiction

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.

Originally posted Aug 06, 2004 Published in issue #777 Aug 06, 2004 Order article reprints
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