Ax (87th Precinct, Book 18) by Ed McBain

By Ed McBain

Eighty-six-year-old George Lasser was once the superintendent of a construction within the 87th Precinct till only in the near past. regrettably his tenure led to the building’s basement with a pointy, heavy blade of an ax in his head…

There are not any witnesses, no suspects, and no clues. The spouse and son? They’re either a bit off-kilter, yet they've got alibis. simply while Carella and Hawes are approximately to place the case at the shelf, the killer moves back. Now the detectives are scorching at the path of a guy loopy sufficient to homicide with an ax.

One of the 87th Precinct series’ best installments, Ax is a pointy, excessive crime mystery that's vintage Ed McBain. the recent York instances hails it as “the better of today’s police stories—lively, creative, convincing, suspenseful, and utterly satisfactory.”

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The boy looked up at her, a little bit shocked by her sudden steely attitude. “I’m trying to help you, Dennis,” she said. ” 5 Anne walked out of the room and down the hall, past a man in his pajamas talking to the fire alarm. She walked past the nurses’ station without exchanging glances with the staff she had come to know well. She needed to be alone, even if only in her head. The too-familiar pressure was building in her chest. She couldn’t get a good breath. She remembered the feeling of a hand around her throat.

He had to kill her because she was a witness,” Hicks said. ” “He must have believed the kid could ID him,” Dixon said. ” “So far her brain activity appears to be normal,” Vince said. “But there are a lot of factors that could weigh against us. ” Mendez asked. Vince’s instinctive reaction was to say no. Not because he didn’t think his wife was capable of helping. Quite the opposite was true. Anne had a gift with kids. He had encouraged her to go back to school to finish her degree in child psychology.

Yeah. ” she asked evenly. ” “You get to leave,” he said, fidgeting on his chair. “I don’t. ” he asked bluntly. ” Anne never considered herself naïve. She had firsthand knowledge that not every child grew up in an ideal environment. But no one had suspected the horror Dennis’s life had been. He had been physically and emotionally abused, and had been made an orphan a year ago by the murder of his mother and the suicide of his father, a deputy sheriff. Just hours before his father’s suicide, Dennis had stabbed a class-mate, a little boy who had been his only friend.

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