12/12/2003 
THE BARNES AND NOBLE REVIEW 
"McBain's breezy, entertaining style and storytelling skills -- which have, if possible, only strengthened over the years -- make this a consistently winning series with a likable cast of characters who seem like old friends"  
*******

The entire Barnes & Noble Review:

Even after more than 50 novels in the entertaining 87th
Precinct series, Ed McBain proves he can still deliver
the goods in this, vital, insightful, and timely tale that
satirizes everything from fat-cat politicians to the glam
music industry.

Rising young hip-hop star Tamar Valparaiso is
reenacting her latest music video (in which she fends
off a would-be abductor from a Lewis Carroll poem),
when -- in an ironic "life imitates art" twist -- two
kidnappers snatch her from the yacht where she's
performing and escape via speedboat. Soon steadfast
cop Steve Carella is on the case, aided by fellow 87th
Precincters Ollie Weeks and Cotton Hawes. Although
the FBI interferes at every turn, the true "villains" are the
voracious media and a desensitized public willing to
turn someone's anguish into a three-ring circus.

McBain's breezy, entertaining style and storytelling
skills -- which have, if possible, only strengthened over
the years -- make this a consistently winning series
with a likable cast of characters who seem like old
friends. It's a testament to the author's craftsmanship
that no single element or plotline outweighs any other;
all contribute equally to the perfect blend and balance of
the novel. With this amusing entry, McBain shows us
just why he's the undisputed master of the field.

Tom Piccirilli
 

 
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