1/19/2003 
LIBRARY JOURNAL ON "OLLIE"  
"One would never know that this is the 52nd book in a series, for it is as fresh and vibrant as all the rest. " 
From Library Journal

After Isola's leading mayoral candidate, Lester
Henderson, is murdered in the 88th Precinct, Ollie
Weeks catches the case. While he's sniffing out the
crime scene, someone steals the only manuscript of
his first mystery novel-all 36 or so pages of it-from his
police vehicle. Now, as fans of the 87th Precinct novels
know, Ollie saved Steve Carella's life twice in Money,
Money, Money, and Henderson lived in the 87th
Precinct. Ollie, then, asks help of Carella, who, with Bert
Kling, follows up leads and solves the murder.
Meanwhile, the man who stole Ollie's book is looking
for $2.7 million worth of missing diamonds and
Detective Olivia Wesley Watts, not realizing that both are
figments of Ollie's literary imagination. Only McBain can
write like this, maintaining tension as he shows Ollie in
the mundane acts of eating, trying to get somewhere
with a young rookie cop, and worrying about the loss of
his book. The complex plotting, clear presentation of
characters and their foibles, empathy for human
beings, and sense of humor are priceless. One would
never know that this is the 52nd book in a series, for it
is as fresh and vibrant as all the rest.

--Jo Ann Vicarel
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
 

 
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