Lainie Commins, a freelance designer of children's toys, hires attorney Matthew Hope for a lawsuit against her old employers, Brett and Etta Toland. At stake are the lucrative rights to Gladly, a teddy bear with crossed eyes and corrective lenses. It's a straightforward case until Brett Toland is shot in the throat aboard his luxury yacht and Lainie becomes the chief suspect. From elegant canals to sunbaked ghettos, McBain has done for Florida's Gulf Coast what he did for the 87th Precinct created a teeming world where justice is elusive and where the saints and sinners are often one and the same.
About the Author
With a writing career that spanned five decades, Ed McBain (1926-2005), the nom de plume of Evan Hunter, was the author of over 100 books, including his 87th Precinct series set in a fictional borough of New York City. He also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. He was the first American writer to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writer Association’s most prestigious award, and he was also the recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master award.
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What People are Saying About This
McBain has a great approach, great attitude, terrific style, strong plot, excellent dialogue, sense of pace, and sense of reality.
It is hard to think of anyone better at what he does -- in fact, it's impossible.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My English teacher heart shrank from all the comma-spliced sentences, but once I got past that I found the plot kept me moving through the story. Not as well written as others of his I have read, but good enough to deserve credit for a job well done.