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Three from the 87th: Hail, Hail the Gang's All Here!; Jigsaw; Fuzz
Three from the 87th Hail Hail the Gang's All Here Jigsaw Fuzz Author:Ed McBain Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels, police procedurals without rival, are tough, taut, tension-packed, and laced with a wry humor all their own. This volume contains a trio of the most momeorable of these classic thrillers, each demonstrating why McBain remians unchallenged in his special field. — In Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here!, all the decte... more »ctives of the 87th Preceint are brought together for the first time in a single novel. The ingenious assortment of interlocking plots include: the murder of a ayoung actress in a controversial play; the bombing of a store-front church in the black ghetto; a jewel heist by a pair of larcenous "ghosts"; and the suspicious suicide jump of a naked youth from a fourth-floor window.
Jigsaw features the expertise fo Detective Arthur Brown who, investigating what looks like a simple homicide, finds a piece of a photograph clutched in the dead man's hand. The confusion starts when an insurancec investigator turns up at the 87th Preceinct with another piece of the photograph. He says it's part of a homemade jigsaw puzzle which, when assembled, will reveal the hiding place of $750,000 stolen from a bank. Find the remaining pieces, find the money. Only it turns out that owning a piece of the photographs can be deadly!
Fuzz finds the men of the 87th pitted against an extortionist who threatens to kill the top city officials unless he is paid an enormous sum of money. Maybe he's just another crank. But when the Parks Commissioner topples down the steps of Philharmonic Hall, a bullet is his head, and the Deputy Mayor is blown to bits in his Cadillac, Lt. Byrnes comes to the grim realization that they are dealing with the most ruthless and daring of crimnals -- "the deaf man," an old adversary of incredible cunning, whom they had believed dead for eight years!« less