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Ax (87th Precinct, Book 18) by Ed McBain

By Ed McBain

Eighty-six-year-old George Lasser was once the superintendent of a development within the 87th Precinct till only in the near past. regrettably his tenure resulted in the building’s basement with a pointy, heavy blade of an ax in his head…

There aren't any witnesses, no suspects, and no clues. The spouse and son? They’re either a bit off-kilter, yet they've got alibis. simply while Carella and Hawes are approximately to place the case at the shelf, the killer moves back. Now the detectives are sizzling at the path of a guy loopy adequate to homicide with an ax.

One of the 87th Precinct series’ best installments, Ax is a pointy, severe crime mystery that's vintage Ed McBain. the recent York occasions hails it as “the better of today’s police stories—lively, artistic, convincing, suspenseful, and entirely satisfactory.”

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