CHARACTERS Hark By Ed McBain
READ ☆ Hark By Ed McBain ☆ I'm a Fathead Men I Am the Deaf Man Unscrambling the cryptic messages anagrams Detective Carella called them delivered to the 87th Precinct confirmed that the master criminal who has eluded them time and again is not only alive and well but may or may not be behind a deadly revenge shooting For that matter the Deaf Man may or Ting hints and maddening riddles pointing to his next plan of attack It doesn't take a literary scholar to know there's no room for misinterpretation For when the Deaf Man talks everybody listensor somebody gets hur. I couldn't find the first in the 87th Precinct series Cop Hater first published in 1956 So I tried Hark instead the 56th book in the series published in 2004 I kept checking the copyright date because despite contemporary references this book felt like it was still stuck in the 1950s or earlier like McBain had lost his ear for contemporary speech One character even refers to herself as a girl reporter and the sole female detective in the precinct is treated like an exotic species Also omniscient depends on a strong and engaging authorial voice but what I felt was authorial intrusion as the author offered up such dum de dum dum phrases repeatedly as Little did they know Moreover the plot just struck me as too comic book villain a master criminal who obligingly sends clues to the precinct in anagram form Given the zip code the fictional city of Isola where this book is set should be in Georgia but the description sounds definitely Northern big city very reminiscent of New York City in fact where McBain was born and raised So reminiscent I really don't get the point of creating this alternate city I got bogged down halfway through realized I found this a chore and stopped So I won't be looking for books in the series
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I'm a Fathead Men I Am the Deaf Man Unscrambling the cryptic messages anagrams Detective Carella called them delivered to the 87th Precinct confirmed that the master criminal who has eluded them time and again is no. The penultimate book in this long running series is something of a disappointment A clever career criminal named the Deaf Man who has been bedeviling the detectives of the 87th Precinct for a very long time returns to taunt them again After killing a woman who had previously betrayed him the Deaf Man begins sending a large number of cryptic messages to Detective Steve Carella who has been his principal nemesis through the years The messages are mostly uotations from the plays of William Shakespeare and some of them are coded in a variety of ways The detectives correctly interpret the first of the messages as a confession of the murder that the Deaf Man has committed but the rest of them are beyond confusing Carella and the other detectives assume that the Deaf Man is taunting them with the plans of an upcoming crime and in the past he's planned and executed some huge plots But will the detectives be able to decipher the clues in time to disrupt their adversary's plansIt's an interesting plot at least initially But it runs on and on and on as the deaf Man sends message after message after message and by the time the reader is halfway through the book well this reader at least you're screaming for McBain to get the hell on with things Then by the time the great caper is revealed it's than a little anticlimactic and you're thinking Wow I came all the way through this book just for thisThe interesting parts of the book involve stories of the personal lives of the characters that have been running on for the last few books in the series Fat Ollie Weeks is still looking for his stolen novel; Steve Carella is still depressed about the upcoming double wedding of his mother and his sister especially now that he's paying for it and a couple of the other detectives are experiencing problems in their relationships These diversions are fun and often very amusing but the rest of the book really doesn't measure up to the high standards that McBain had established earlier It's as though he came up with a clever idea and then got too carried away with it This isn't a bad book but it's certainly not one of his best
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Hark By Ed McBaT only alive and well but may or may not be behind a deadly revenge shooting For that matter the Deaf Man may or may not be deaf But he's getting through loud and clear with clues drawn from Shakespeare's works taun.