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The very first Ed McBain novel, Cop Hater (1956) introduced Steve Carella and his fellow detectives of the 87th Precinct, located in the fictional city of Isola, closely based on New York City. Through four decades of novels the detectives of the 87th, otherwise as three-dimensional as their readers, have hardly aged a day...because, as the author puts it, "If I hadn't done that, I'd now have a precinct of doddering old men."
Every day the men of the 87th Precinct solve puzzles. Of lives interrupted, lives intertwined, and lives gone wrong on the streets of the city where they work. Sometimes the clues come easy. Sometimes they come covered in blood…