McBain Trio Lullaby / Vespers / Widows - 87th Precinct, Bks 41-43 Author:Ed McBain McBain Trio is the 2nd volume of Mystery Guild's Lost Classics Omnibus Series. With a new introduction by the author, this edition showcases Detectives Steve Carella and Meyer Meyer in three of their toughest and finest cases. — LULLABY (87th Precinct, Bk 41) — The squadroom at 5:15 on New Year's morning looked much as it ... more »did on any other day... But an exceptionally heinous crime was already sending a wave of outrage through even the veteran cops of the 87th Precinct: a wealthy couple, returning home from New Year's festivities, discovered their baby -- and the infant's teenage sitter -- murdered. Parents themselves, detectives Carella and Meyer resolve to bring in the perpetrator at any cost. Meanwhile, gang warfare is overtaking the city's streets, threatening its very foundation. A sinister song of death and destruction echoes through the 87th, and it isn't "Auld Lang Syne."
VESPERS (87th Precinct, Bk 42)
The murder of a priest in one of the 87th Precinct's parishes sends Detectives Carella and Hawes on a troubling investigation where everyone has a secret and the truth hides within the lies.
WIDOWS (87th Precinct, Bk 43)
The beautiful blonde in the penthouse apartment was dead, her face and body laced with slashes from a paring knife -- grisly evidence of the terrible things the city can do to pretty young women. What sordid web of money, sex, and greed had ensnared Susan Brauer? The stack of unsigned erotic letters in her possession was the first clue. Then the murder of Susan's lover, a married lawyer in his sixties, leads the cops of the 87th to the women left behind: the lawyer's wife, his ex, his daughters. And for Detective Carella, his own father's senseless death in a bakery holdup sears through the intense summer heat -- and sends him on a fevered hunt for the one who made his mother a widow and shrouded his family in grief.« less
Possibly the best of the 87th Precinct. Bloody, mysterious and sexy, yowser!. These three books also cover a lot of background material in the personal lives of the Precinct's constant story characters. A must read.