THE FRUMIOUS BANDERSNATCH - Ex Ed McBain – 53th book in 87th precinct series
Bison Records' self-styled impresario Barney Loomis runs into a snag in his effort to catapult his newest performer, Tamar Valparaiso,
to stardom. As Tamar is lip-synching the provocative video of her first album aboard a rented yacht, two men in Saddam Hussein and Yasir Arafat masks snatch her before a stunned audience.
Ed McBain is the true master of the police procedural writing tight plots and true-to-life dialogue. He knows how to balance humor with the horror of the crime being committed. I often know “who did it” early, but it never spoils my pleasure in reading his characters and how he transitions effortlessly from one to the next. If you’ve not read him, do. The great pleasure is to go back to the beginning of the series. The writing is so clean and spare; they are fast reads, but truly excellent ones.