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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Pub; Lrg edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585471836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585471836
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,441,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Ed McBain was a pen name of the successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter. Born in New York, McBain served aboard a destroyer in the US Navy during World War II. After earning a degree from Hunter College and briefly teaching high school, he worked for a New York literary agency; his clients included Arthur C. Clarke and P.G. Wodehouse. In 1954, his novel The Blackboard Jungle was published under his legal name, Evan Hunter. His 87th Precinct series is one of the longest running crime series ever published. McBain was also a screenwriter; he adapted a short story into Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and wrote for Columbo as well as the NBC series based on his books, 87th Precinct. The Mystery Writers of America gave him the Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1986, and he was the first American to receive the Cartier Diamond Dagger award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. He passed away in 2005, but his writing remains popular to this day.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x970d78e8) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9713448c) out of 5 stars Keeping The Aspidistra Flying Nov. 17 2007
By Bill Slocum - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x971344e0) out of 5 stars Another Terrific 87th Precinct Entry May 20 2015
By Bobby Underwood - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Evan Hunter, better known today as Ed McBain because of the 87th Precinct series, wrote Blood Relatives in 1975, nearly twenty years after the inaugural book in the series, Cop Hater, and it's a real winner. From the opening scene as a bloodied girl runs through the rain-darkened streets of Isola to get help, this one grabs you and doesn't let go. The tale Patricia Lowrey tells to the police leads them to her cousin Muriel, butchered by the man who tried to kill both of them. A line-up is arranged by Kling and Carella once they realize at a hospital they are working on the same case, and that's where it all gets interesting.

Patricia fingers a cop in the line-up who was nowhere near the crime scene. This leads to the revelation that she's lying, which in turns leads to her finally telling the truth, naming her brother as her attacker and the killer of her pretty cousin Muriel. Carella can't shake the feeling the reader also has that nothing is quite as it seems, and there is an artificiality to Patricia Lowrey's new story.

This one delves more into the gritty underbelly of extended families and love both requited and unrequited than the mean streets of Isola, yet has that same nourish feel to it for which the series is famous. When Muriel's diary falls into the lap of Carella by sheer happenstance, a sad and twisted story leads him to the killer. The passages in the diary is some terrific writing by McBain, adding poignancy to the story by humanizing Muriel, something you don't always get in a police procedural, which is naturally more about catching the killer than it is the victim's life.

Rather than character development in each book, the reader comes to know Carella and the other cops of the 87th Precinct over the course of time in these police procedurals. This one ends as it began, in the rain, as Carella walks away. Blood Relatives is a terrific entry in the series. There is a bit of a lag in the middle, but a huge and poignant payoff for readers at the end. Great stuff.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x971347bc) out of 5 stars False Accusations July 24 2000
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on
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.
HASH(0x97134cd8) out of 5 stars The Detectives of the 87th Attempt to Solve a crime Involving Blood Relatives Jan. 24 2015
By James L. Thane - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book, which first appeared in 1975, is about halfway through the 87th Precinct series and it's one of the better books in the series. Two young female cousins, seventeen and fifteen, are walking home late one night after a party in a driving rainstorm. As they take refuge from the rain in an abandoned building, the elder of the two is viciously stabbed to death. The younger, though cut in several places, manages to run to the 87th Precinct station house where she reports the crime.

The younger girl is able to give the detectives a fairly detailed description of the man she says attacked them, and the detectives' first step is to interview known sex offenders. They find one who closely matches the description the girl has given them and the guy has the world's worst alibi for the time of the attack. But when the young girl looks at a lineup, instead of identifying the known perv, she mistakenly picks out a detective.

Her mistake totally destroys the girl's value as an eyewitness and so Steve Carella and the other detectives on the case are forced to fall back on other, much more pain-staking and difficult methods in their attempt to capture the guilty party. There's more than the usual amount of police procedure in this book, and it's fascinating to watch the way in which the detectives would work a case like this--or at least the way they would have worked it forty years ago, before the advent of DNA testing and other more modern investigatory tools.

It's a very entertaining book that takes a number of totally unexpected twists and turns, one that's sure to appeal to any fan of the series and to most readers who enjoy crime fiction.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97134d68) out of 5 stars Blood Relatives Sept. 6 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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!