Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Mugger, by Ed McBain

  • Title: The Mugger
  • Author: Ed McBain
  • Purchased from: Lot of paperback books won at Weschler's Auction in Downtown DC.
  • Started: 9/3/2009
  • Finished: 9/5/2009

When my wife and I were on our honeymoon in August of 2007 in Portugal we came across a small used bookstore in the town of Cascais. This bookstore had tons of 1940's-1960's pulp/detective fiction paperbacks in English. I bought a bunch of books for cheap including 3-5 of the very early 87th Precinct books by Ed McBain. Of course now I have no idea which ones I've read, but today's book was not one of them.

The early 87th Precinct books were great; short and fun, fast paced great reads. I remember one of them I later realized was the basis for an episode of the TV show Alfred Hitchcock presents. I've heard that the later 87th Precinct books are not very good, but I've enjoyed these early ones and The Mugger was no exception.

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