I read the first page of LAST SUMMER in a books store in 1973 and was completely hooked. I've been a fan ever since. Hunter/McBain was the master of creepy realistic plots and believable characters. I didn't love FAT OLLIE'S BOOK or THE FRUMIOUS BANDERSNATCH as I did THE LAST BEST HOPE & CANDYLAND. But I didn't hate them, either. He's a writer who never disappoints... and you can't say that about many.
--- On Sun, 1/3/10, jacquesdebierue <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: jacquesdebierue <email@example.com>
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Ed McBain
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2010, 2:27 PM
Last week I picked up his Vespers, after many years of not reading him. Appropriately, this was after having reread Westlake's _Levine_ collection of novellas. I had forgotten how good McBain was at setting, characterization and dialogue, so much so that the mystery itself is not necessarily the main thing that stays with me.
We never did have an Ed McBain/Evan Hunter month, did we? Perhaps we should.
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