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Blood Relatives [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Ed McBain


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May 2002 Center Point Platinum Fiction (Large Print)
A killer is out for blood, and it’s up to Detective Steve Carella to bring him in — but a shocking surprise awaits when a survivor fingers the suspect in a lineup. “McBain has the ability to make every character believable—which few writers these days can do.” — Associated Press “McBain forces us to think twice about every character we meet…even those we thought we already knew.” — New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print; Lrg edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585471836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585471836
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,627,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed McBain was one of the pen names of successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter (1926 – 2005). Debuting in 1956, the popular 87th Precinct is one of the longest running crime series ever published, featuring over fifty novels, and is hailed as “one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century.” McBain was awarded the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 1986 by the Mystery Writers of America and was the first American to receive the Cartier Diamond Dagger award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping The Aspidistra Flying Nov. 17 2007
By Bill Slocum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Right from the opening page, an almost surreally cinematic description of a bloody girl running toward a police station in the rain, you realize you are in for a solid 87th Precinct crime novel. And you are. Published in 1975, 20 years into the run of the series, "Blood Relatives" plunges you into the middle of one of Ed McBain's most vividly realized stories.

Seventeen-year-old Muriel Stark is slashed to death in the hallway of an abandoned tenement, her murder witnessed by her cousin Patricia. But Patricia's story gets more complicated, and the 87th Precinct detectives find themselves hunting up several different alleys to solve the crime.

At his best, McBain produced not mysteries or simple story yarns but colorful and diversely-patterned mosaics, where, as in real life, varied and disconnected elements of city life came together in the course of a routine investigation never anything close to routine. A drunk who slaps his wife around, a hobo who imagines himself king of the city and visits junkyards to examine his tribute, an amiable bank manager who shares his name with a radio-age superhero are all elements meaningless in isolation that come alive as the stuff of life and death in McBain's hands.

Police work, too, is described in a way both authentic and entertaining, like when he steps away from the story for a moment to note the peril of policemen trying to ape Baretta. "Television cops were dangerous. They made real cops feel like heroes instead of hard-working slobs."

McBain's doesn't let you forget about the central crime or sundry other atrocities the detectives of the 87th must deal with. He just delivers in such a way that you get used to it all the way they do, "keeping the old aspidistra flying" as he puts it and making you feel a part of their strange brotherhood. There's more than the usual amount of police business in this police procedural, with McBain explaining the rules of homicide investigation (if a case isn't solved in the first 24 hours, it is as likely to be solved by chance as by detection thereafter) and why you can't smoke at a crime scene, even in 1975.

The mystery itself is one of McBain's better ones, too, one that keeps you guessing as you read though not thinking much about it after. I could have done without the device of a diary that gives away many of the secrets. I'd rather have had 50 more pages of sleuthing. Alas, he wasn't yet writing 400-page installments of the 87th series, though this has more story than some of those later volumes.

"Blood Relatives" is overall a solid, worthy effort that presages many of his great 87th Precinct novels of the 1980s, with its singular vitality and depth. Read this, and you will come back for more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars False Accusations July 24 2000
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Blood Relatives" is another fine installment in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series. In this episode, Detective Steve Carella attempts to track down a psycho who has killed the cousin of a fifteen year old girl right in front of her eyes. Just when Carella thinks he has a positive ID, it turns out to be the wrong guy! This book is typically of earlier period McBain. It is short, sweet and to the point, describing matter-of-factly how a murder investigation works. It is not the most memorable of McBain's works, but will satisfy any fan of the 87th Precinct series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Relatives Sept. 6 2012
By Robert Jarvis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ed McBain is a true grit mystery cop writer! You live vicariously thru the characters he writes into his books, can feel the pulse and heartbeat of the story as he takes you thru each nook and cranny. I love McBain!
5.0 out of 5 stars good June 28 2014
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
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the 87th precinct novels are very well written and have a really good plot to them I have really enjoyed reading them
4.0 out of 5 stars another solid effort June 2 2014
By Stonetools - Published on Amazon.com
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Not Mcbain's best but a solid effort. Nice twist at the end. Carella solo here, would like to have seen input from the others.

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