Hark!: A Novel of the 87th Precinct

Written by:
Ed McBain
Narrated by:
Ron McLarty

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2004
5 hours 0 minutes
Ed McBain concocts a brilliant and intricate thriller about a master criminal who haunts the city with cryptic passages from Shakespeare, directing the detectives of the 87th Precinct to a future crime -- if only they can figure out what he means.
The 87th Precinct gets a visit from one of the city's most accomplished criminals -- a thief known as the Deaf Man. Because he might be deaf. Or he might not. So little is known about the man who is harassing Detective Steve Carella with puzzling messages that it is hard to tell. But as soon as a pattern emerges, the detectives of the 87th are forced to hit the books and brush up on their Shakespeare -- because each new clue contains a line from one of his plays. Unless they can crack this complicated riddle and beat the Deaf Man at his own cat-and-mouse game, someone is going to end up hurt, or something will be stolen -- or both. It's always so hard to tell with the Deaf Man.
Ed McBain brings his most intelligent and devious criminal back to the 87th Precinct with a richly plotted and literary crime.
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Judith M.

The story felt like an old time noir mystery from the 1940s. The narrator had a brilliant voice, used well to become each character. The musical interludes between sections were pure genius. The plot had me wondering until the end. I got it, but not long before the reveal. All these things made it a delightful listen!

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