It should have been the night that launched a new pop idol. Tamar Valparaiso is young and beautiful, with the body and voice of an angel, and the stage is set for her to launch her debut album, Bandersnatch, on a luxury yacht in the heart of the city. But halfway through her performance, while the partygoers look on helplessly, masked men drag Tamar off the stage and into a waiting speedboat.
Detective Steve Carella is just showing up for the graveyard shift when news of the kidnapping comes in. Working disjointedly with a Joint Task Force that calls itself "The Squad," Carella and the men and women of the Eight-Seven must find Tamar before time -- or indeed her very life -- runs out.
In this brilliant look at the music industry, Ed McBain once again combines his mastery of the form with the fast-paced dialogue and intricate plotting that have become his signature.
"Publishers Weekly"McBain remains as fresh and sharp-edged as ever.
"Entertainment Weekly" Top-dollar McBain...funny and adroit....Imagine your favorite Law & Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBain's grand, ongoing accomplishment.
"USA Today" One of his most delectably cynical, out-and-out corrosive tales since he started writing the series in 1956....This is McBain as savagely satisfying as a very rare filet mignon.
"The Washington Post" Wry entertainment.
"USA Today" [A] delectably cynical, out-and-out corrosive tale....As savagely satisfying as a very rare filet mignon.
"Library Journal"McBain shows why he's still the best....[His] writing is tight, his characters believable. Just when readers think they have it all figured out, McBain proves that he is still capable of a shocker.
Marilyn Stasio "The New York Times" O frabjous day! Ed McBain takes us through the looking glass and into the surreal world of the music business....A riotous, if ultimately sobering, tale.