Lullaby Author:Ed McBain Book Club Edition. — With his fortieth novel in the 87th Precinct series, Ed McBain exceeds even the expectations of his greatest fans. A writer "right where he belongs--at the top" (Elmore Leonard), whose "career is soaring like a rocket, ever reaching new heights" (Chicago Sun-Times), who "has redefined the police procedural" (Newsweek), the "... more »impeccable" (The New York Yorker) McBain has with Lullaby delivered his boldest, most electrifying, most complexly plotted novel yet.
It is the first day of the new year, barely, Detectives Meyer and Carella find themselves faced with the most heinous of crimes: A wealthy young couple have returned to their apartment at 2:40 a.m. to discover the babysitter--and their baby--have been savagely murdered. Even these veteran cops are shocked and puzzled by the brutal crime, but then other matters compete for their attention: The city erupts suddenly with gang warfare, the kind that threatens its very foundations; a burned-out colleague swears off sex and undercover work (not necessarily in that order); the drug business heats up. The 87th Precinct finds itself tense and taxed--and ultimately, of course, richly rewarded.« less