7/19/2004 
KIRKUS REVIEWS on HARK! 
... WORLD'S BEST-LOVED DETECTIVE TEAM..." "YOU CAN'T DO BETTER THAN McBAIN." NOW READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW: 
Like a long-dormant volcano, the Deaf Man, left for dead
at the end of Mischief (1993), is back to make more
trouble for the officers of the 87th Precinct.
Once he dispatches the accomplice who
double-crossed him in a brisk opening chapter, the
Deaf Man wastes no time in getting down to business.
Holing up with prostitute Melissa Summers, who
doubles as his gofer, he directs a barrage of cryptic
notes at the 87th. The first one--"WHO'S IT, ETC.? A
DARN SOFT GIRL/O, THERE'S A HOT HINT!"--is
followed by others at the rate of three installments a
day. Steve Carella, preoccupied with the upcoming
double wedding of his mother and his sister (whose
fiance is Henry Lowell, the DA who let the killer of
Carella's father walk), is too distracted to crack the Deaf
Man's code. So is Bert Kling, who wonders why Deputy
Chief Sharyn Cooke is stepping out on him, and Cotton
Hawes, who's seriously annoyed by the sniper who
keeps shooting at him. Even most of the readers given
many more hints about the Deaf Man's plans won't be
able to figure out what he's up to. Only the combined
efforts of the world's best-loved detective team (The
Frumious Bandersnatch, 2004, etc.) will crack the case.
If you can buy the premise that a master criminal would
spend a whole week taunting the cops about an
upcoming score, you can't do better than McBain.
 

 
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