Candyland: A Novel in Two Parts by Ed McBain

Ed McBain/Evan Hunter has become best known for his bestselling 87th precinct series.

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Candyland: A Novel in Two Parts by Ed McBain


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.96 x 6.75 x 4.14
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; (September 1, 2001)
  • ISBN: 0743419049


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    Two of the best mystery writers in America team up in this interesting Law and Order-type experiment. In the first half of the book, a sexually voracious architect prowls the dark corners of New York looking for some action before he heads back to his frigid L.A. wife. In the second half, a prostitute's grisly rape-murder engages the attention of the guys (and girl) in blue. What's the connection between the murdered woman and the obsession-ridden architect? A string of coincidences that make the reader expect a surprise ending, of course. But it doesn't happen, which makes one wonder why the two authors (who happen to be the same person) bothered with the gimmick. Still, both Ed McBain (author of the 87th Precinct novels) and Evan Hunter (his more literary and much sexier incarnation) are old pros, so the pacing, character development, and thorough knowledge of police procedure and human nature that mark this tidy little mystery make it a pleasant enough diversion. A new McBain or Hunter is always cause for celebration, and Candyland, which is a lot grittier than most police procedurals, will titillate their many fans until either (or both) comes through with a new thriller. The distinct narrative voices of the multitalented writer are on view here; although the writing styles aren't different enough to make it more than a parlor trick, the result is still twice as good as most of the season's new offerings. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.




    Reader Reviews
    Loved the McBain/Hunter Contrast, June 23, 2003 Reviewer: jh2003 from USA 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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