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Summary

In this 87th Precinct thriller, Detective Steve Carella must track down a killer who's systematically rubbing out all the city's graffiti artists, leaving each victim mischievously splashed with paint and blood. Foul play takes another form when an old nemesis, the Dead Man, taunts Carella and the 87 with riddling clues for solving a crime, or crimes, not yet committed. Given what he's deduced from the prankish perpetrator, Carella strongly suspects the crime will take place during a free rock and rap concert scheduled to take place in the city's largest park.

As Carella tries desperately to second guess him, the Dead Man meticulously puts together a plan to carry off a multi-million dollar coup. Soon Carella finds himself racing against time in a game of wits that could leave the city reeling under an onslaught of dirty tricks from one of the underworld's masters of criminal mischief.

©1993 Ed McBain (P)1993 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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love a good cop story

enjoyed the story very much, the narrator was good and quite funny with his character voices.

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the depth man

l like the depth man He so evil 😈 and he be back
jack ass. so I be reading. make fools of them all

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Truly awful drivel

Truly awful drivel of the worst kind. Do not waste your time. Could not hold my interest whatsoever.

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  • Patricia
  • 24-05-12

I Love the Step by Step Detail

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This is good Story and I will Listen Many Times

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The Ending Was Not a Surprise

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  • Captivated Listener!!
  • 04-09-20

I really, really miss Dick Hill.

This was an excellent series to me, though not particularly this book as much. I miss the previous narrator Dick Hill so much. I read he put his microphone up for art and painting.. I listened to every book in this series narrated by Dick Hill and some of his other series too.. I enjoyed him as a narrator very much.. He had me hooked. The narrator for Mischief was ok but there was something about Dick Hill's ranting and his over the top narrations that bought these stories to life for me. And this book was unusually shorter than previous books and the chapters ran together and I couldn't easily follow as I usually do. I am sure if I purchased the paperback there is a lot of story missing here!!!. I thought I would continue to the last book but probably not now. This one felt rushed and since they aren't the same I just don't know. But I did enjoy most, some more than others.

Lastly, yes these stories are from a previous era and generation as told, very racially charged and distasteful but there was truth in them as well unfortunately. That doesn't mean it was to be taken personally as these are for entertainment purposes. Was I offended at times....ABSOLUTELY but I love police procedural. No excuses they could be insensitive at times but I liked the 87th Precinct cops, especially Carella and Kling and Meyer Meyer.

The first 40 or so books I really enjoyed and started around book10 then went back to book 1 and in order and knew the characters and cops well. That kept me engaged. I will miss the series and Dick Hill. Farewell.

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  • 03-09-19

McBain and Cariou

Great team, aMcBain and Cariou. Entertaining story, well-presented. Fun characters. Good setting. Enjoyable, as expected.