Widows A Novel of the 87th Precinct Author:Ed McBain With the publication last year of "Vespers," Ed McBain's already phenomenal career blazed even higher. "Vespers" was a national best seller, and "People" magazine called it one of its ten favorite novels of the year, saying of the entire 87th Precinct series that "each book should be treated as a contribution to a fictionalized history of modern... more » urban police work, a collection that has evolved into our finest procedural series." "Cosmopolitan" confirmed that "Vespers" was "gritty, realistic, entertaining, provocative, and puzzling."
"Widows," McBain's stunning new novel, is all that and more.
It begins with a beautiful young woman found murdered in a lush penthouse apartment. The only clues are a steamy collection of erotic letters and thirty-two separate knife wounds. Soon the men and women of the 87th Precinct must solve another killing: that of the twenty-two-year-old woman's elderly lover. The dead man has left behind four other women: his ex-wife and their two daughters, and his present wife. Four mourners. Four suspects. It's a crime that strikes close to the heart of Detective Steve Carella, whose own mother has become a widow as a result of a senseless and unexpected act of violence.
"Widows" is an incisive, enthralling story of cops and killers, victims and survivors. It's Ed McBain at his best.« less