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Hail to the Chief: An 87th Precinct Mystery
Hail to the Chief An 87th Precinct Mystery Author:Ed McBain "They found the bodies in an open ditch on the northernmost extreme of the 87th Precinct. The six bodies were lying in angular confusion on top of the mud-colored ice. There was another color staining the ice. The color was blood. The bodies were naked. Their nakedness made the night seem even colder than it was." — The time is January. The... more » detectives: Steve Carella, of the 87th Precinct, and his partner Bert Kling. And as the case unfolds, it becomes clear that the multiple corpses are casualties in a street war between three teenage gangs: the Death's Heads, who are Spanish; the Scarlet Avengers, who are black, and a white gange known at first only as "the clique" and led by a tough customer named Randy Nesbitt. By the case is closed, Carella and Kling have come across two more murders and a shoot-up of such ferocity that they refer to it as World War III.« less
This is probably my favorite of the handful of McBain titles I have read. Part of this book is narrated by one of the gang members. The insight into his thought sequences is quite frightening when one considers the increase in gang-related activity across the nation.