All over town, phones were ringing. Shopkeepers and merchants were being threatened by anonymous cranks. The threats were getting more and more serious. When the angry victims started yelling to the local cops for help, Steve Carella and the boys of the 87th Precinct didn't know what to make of the whole thing.
Were they facing a plague of harmless pranksters - or the danger of a city-wide wave of violence?
All they had to go on were the constant attention of "the deaf man" and the knowledge that if they didn't catch their cold-blooded callers before the end of the month, the prophecies of murder and mayhem might prove all too true.
See Them Die
That was Pepe Miranda's challenge. A murderer and two bit hero of the street gangs, he was holed up somewhere in the 87th Precinct- and he was causing the cops serious trouble.
This was not a challenge Lieutenant Pete Byrnes and the detectives in the squad room could ignore.
Not in the midst of a July heatwave, when the city gangs were just waiting for an excise to explode into violence...
About the Author
Ed McBain (1926-2005) was one of the most illustrious names in crime fiction. In 1998, he was the first non-British author to be awarded the Crime Writers' Association/Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. He also held the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Grand Master Award and the Sherlock Award for 'Best International Detective'. Books include The Pusher, Fiddlers, Let's Talk, Alice in Jeopardy, Transgressions, Hark!
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Comments about The Heckler and See Them Die:
The Heckler needs a good shove. It's boring, hard to return to (unlike McBain's usual offerings). By page 154 wanted to donate it to Op Shop, but kept slogging on.
Get the feeling McBain was distracted trying to put this one together - he shld have left it sit.
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 1st January 2008