Review: Til Death, by Ed McBain

The 9th book in Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series may be the weakest link in the chain so far. The beginning is promising: Detective Steve Carella’s sister is getting married and on the morning of…

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Review: Lady Killer, by Ed McBain

This, the eighth book in the legendary 87th Precinct series, was written over the course of just nine days, according to author Ed McBain. It’s a concise, tense account of just a few hours in…


A spectre is haunting Europe

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of fascism.  We caught a glimpse of that spectre in Sweden last weekend and we are likely to see more of it next weekend in Italy. It…


Review: Killer’s Edge, by Ed McBain

The 7th book in McBain’s groundbreaking series of police procedurals — a genre he basically invented — seems to be having a bit of fun. In previous books, McBain’s introductions and afterwords, written many decades…



Review: Killer’s Choice, by Ed McBain

The fifth book in Ed McBain’s classic 87th Precinct series introduces a new character to the detective squad — Cotton Hawes. Hawes has been transferred over from one of the richer parts of the city…



The case for space

In the last few days, NASA has twice had to abort launches of the Artemis mission to the Moon.  By the time this article appears in print, there may be another attempt, a successful launch…


Review: The Con Man, by Ed McBain

Having failed to kill off Detective Steve Carella in the previous book, the 4th book in the long-running 87th Precinct series has him playing a star role. As in many of McBain’s novels, there are…