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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition First Printing edition (Jan. 3 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743213165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743213165
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,673,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Candyland" is not so much a novel as a concept piece, the idea of two authors, both the same man, writing separate novellas that intersect at a specific event. Evan Hunter wrote "The Blackboard Jungle," the screenplay for Hitchcock's "The Birds," and a slew of serious novels. Ed McBain, Hunter's best-known pseudonym, is the author of the 87th Precinct crime novels. "Candyland" is a McBain crime novel, too, about the murder of a hooker. But it is also a Hunter portrait, of a man suspected of killing her.
Ed McBain novels are especially interesting when they stray from the 87th Precinct. "Downtown," a dark comedy of a man lost in the big bad city a la "After Hours" but with a body count and better jokes, was up there with Elmore Leonard's finest. "The Sentries" was a bizarre Cold War paranoia tale with a remarkably downbeat and unpleasant tone for airport fiction. "Candyland" is a brilliant and clever detour from the fictional environs of the 87th Precinct's Isola to the reality of New York City, and one of his best crime stories yet.
The tone is the same as in the 87th Precinct novels, dark and funny and acutely sensitive to how police officers operate. In the second half of the novel, the criminal investigation part written by "McBain," two detectives have a problem questioning a witness. The guy turns to the woman after they are done:
" 'We ought to arrange some signals we can use. If we are going to be working together any amount of time. Like if I touch my nose, for example, it'll mean you're Good Cop, I'm Bad Cop. Or if I call you Em instead of Emma...'
" 'I told you I don't like being called Em.'
" 'That's just what I'm saying. If I call you Em in front of somebody we're questioning, that'll mean Don't go there. Same as if you call me James.
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As a long-time fan of the 87th precinct novels by McBain, I was interested in seeing what the contrast would be like between McBain and Hunter. I really enjoyed this novel; surprisingly, I actually enjoyed the Hunter half at least as much as the McBain section. In fact, this novel led me to other Hunter books that I had been missing out on; I thoroughly enjoyed his "The Moment She Was Gone" novel, as well.
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By "harky972" on Sept. 20 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must say how much I enjoyed this book. The first half (the Evan Hunter section) moves like a runaway train! I literally couldn't stop reading until I'd finished the whole piece in one sitting. Hunters' insight into the world of the sexually obsessed is so REAL you can feel empathy with what is really a rather loathsome persona. The McBain section is more conventional but never less than excellent. There is a palpable relaxation in pace, but this suits the unfolding nature of the plot. I've read a lot of McBain before but never dipped into his Evan Hunter books. This book has convinced me to try some.
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Well having read the first part, I expected to find some
excitement in the second part , such as Thorpe's struggle
to prove he was not the murderer, Thorpe's getting arrested
or questioned , etc. It turned out to be the fact that the
guy never knew there was a crime, or that he was a suspect.
Thus I sort of failed to understand why the two parts connected
to each other. The second part could have made a story without the first part. Although I like crime novels in which cops are guilty,this one is very ordinary - compared to 87th presinct. Three stars - only for the sake of McBain's writing skills.
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By A Customer on Feb. 12 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read with enjoyment dozens of his books, so I was shocked to find this one boring and disgusting.
I don't think anyone would have published it if it were by any less well regarded author.
I suppose porno could be interesting, but this one isn't.
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By Dolphin on Aug. 31 2001
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I'm a great fan of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope novels, but I really didn't enjoy this at all. I kept reading, hoping something exciting would happen but it didn't. There was too much sex and I guessed 'who dunnit' which was unusual for an Ed McBain book and really annoying.Really not worth reading.
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By "paharmon370" on Aug. 3 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although not really a fan of Ed McBain I have read a few of his 87 Precinct books. I thought since this wasn't a 87th book I'd give it a try. What a boring book. The first part was enough to put me to sleep. I only finished the second part, skimming the pages, just to find out how it ended. I don't think I'll ever waste my time reading another McBain/Hunter book.
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I've never read McBain before, but I have read three Hunter novels. So the first half of this book, the part by Hunter, is just what I expected and quite interesting...The first half of the book ends with us realizing how obsessed Thorpe is and wondering what steps he will take to satify his desires and also wondering if he will ever get caught.
Then the second half begins and the book is ruined. Several detectives are investigating the murder of a prostitute. Thorpe turns out to be one of a few suspects. The detectives research more of Thorpe, and the two worlds connect a little but never collide.
I kept waiting for Thorpe to be a significant player in the second half of the book. But he never is, and thus the first half of the book is a waste. And so is the second half and its own extremely weak conclusion.
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