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

By Ed McBain

Eighty-six-year-old George Lasser was once the superintendent of a development within the 87th Precinct till only in the near past. regrettably his tenure resulted in 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 whilst 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 adequate to homicide with an ax.

One of the 87th Precinct series’ most interesting installments, Ax is a pointy, severe crime mystery that's vintage Ed McBain. the hot York occasions hails it as “the better of today’s police stories—lively, artistic, convincing, suspenseful, and totally satisfactory.”

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A film. Cool. A documentary? " Pellam, Sonny thought. Pellam. Pell-am. He pictured the name and spoke it over and over and over in his mind until, like the top of a column of smoke, it was there but was no longer visible. "At first," she continued, looking at the cowboy's, at Pellam's lean face, "it was like there was nothing wrong, then all of a sudden there were flames everywhere. " She carried a heavy briefcase stamped Ernst & Young in gold and with her free hand twined her short red hair nervously about her index finger.

So, arson was suspected. That would explain the speed of the fire. Ettie nodded uneasily at the men. "Mrs. " the oldest of the men asked. He was in his mid-forties. Thin shoulders and a belly that could use a little shrinking. He wore jeans and wind-breaker and Pellam noticed a very large revolver on his hip. "I'm Fire Marshal Lomax. This is my assistant—" He nodded at a huge young man, bodybuilder. " One of the cops turned to Pellam and asked him to leave. "No, no," Ettie protested, "he's my friend.

Yellow newspaper had replaced one. The other was blocked by a faded box of Post Toasties. Pellam stared at the decrepit building then checked to make sure he had the name right. He did. Send your fax. . He pushed inside. There was no waiting room, just a single large room of an apartment converted into an office. The place was jam-packed with papers, briefs, books, some bulky, antiquated office equipment—a dusty, feeble computer and a fax machine. A hundred law books, some of which were still sealed in their original, yellowing cellophane wrappers.

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