From: Bob Toomey (
Date: 07 Apr 2000

Martha Fischer wrote:

> my gushing aside, i know the film is based on a mcbain book (87th PRECINCT?)
> and was wondering if it is as high quality as the film. i've never ready
> any mcbain-- is this one ok to start with, or is it not worth it?

HIGH AND LOW is based on KING's RANSOM, a very good 87th Precinct novel, although it's not as good as the movie. That's because McBain is merely a fine writer, while Akira Kurasawa is one of the greatest of all movie directors. In any case, McBain is well worth reading and so is King's Ransom, but start with HE WHO HESITATES, the best of the 87th Precinct novels, if also the least typical.


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