MONEY, MONEY... TIGHTLY PLOTTED, DARKLY FUNNY, and charged
with enough McBain energy to suggest a new dawn... involves
a variety of felonious acts, including MURDER, of course,
DRUG-PEDDLING, and COUNTERFEITING on a grand scale. PLUS AN
ACT OF TERRORISM THAT WILL RESONATE DISQUIETINGLY IN THE LIGHT
OF RECENT EVENTS."
It's Christmas time
in the city and all the naughty boys and girls in ED McBAIN'S
GAILY WRAPPED CRIME CAPER know exactly what they want from
Santa: the $1.9 million payoff from a sweetly executed drug
deal in Mexico... McBAIN PLAYS FAIR AND SQUARE with the complications
that arise from this clever setup. Over and over, he keeps
telling us to KEEP AN EYE ON THE MONEY, which slips through
more hands than a third-grade bathroom pass once you factor
in the Harlem drug deals, Mexican gangsters, Arab terrorists,
United States government agents and small-press publishers
(don't ask) who feel entitled to this mother lode of all Christmas
presents. At the same time, McBAIN THROWS IN SUCH HILARIOUS
DISTRACTIONS that you might forget the calendar and think
it was April Fool's Day."
Marilyn Stasio New York Times
MONEY MONEY starts on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day
and COMES TO INVOLVE A GROUP OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS (one
an Afghan-trained veteran of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda) INTENT
ON BOMBING A CULTURAL LANDMARK. While these fictional terrorists
are different from their counterparts in the news (Mr. McBain's
crew believes in tiny acts of terrorism) there are ECHOES
AND FORESHADOWINGS OF RECENT EVENTS. Indeed, reading this
ENTERTAINING AND SLICKLY DONE NOVEL IS AN EERIE EXPERIENCE."
Wall Street Journal
book is AN EARLY GIFT FOR READERS, a mordant but ODDLY CHEERFUL
PACKAGE that reaffirms the author's status as a leader in
the mystery field. Though it is entry 51 in the acclaimed
police procedural series, IT IS AS CRISP AND FRESH AS IF IT
WERE MARKING A DEBUT... The author seems in AN UNUSUALLY PLAYFUL
MOOD... there are a number of UNEXPECTED TWISTS AND TURNS...
ALL NEATLY TIED WITH A BRIGHT RIBBON."
- Dick Lochte Los Angeles Times
"Perhaps the greatest
mystery about the 87th Precinct police procedurals is how
Ed McBain, the pen name for Evan Hunter, manages to keep them
so lively... WE'RE OFF ON A RIDE that seems to be going in
numerous directions, rather LIKE ONE OF THE NEW ROLLER COASTERS.
Well, hang on because MR. McBAIN BRINGS IT ALL TOGETHER in
his usual satisfactory way. PIECES LINKED, CRIME SOLVED."
- Judith Kreiner The Washington
"We are ENTRAPPED BY
THE SPELL OF ED McBAIN in the guise of the Magical Mr. Mistoffelees...
Drug deals turn into misdeals; money is marked, dirty, menacing;
secret service agents, terrorists, murderous blonds and bankers
skitter and dodge around while the police go about their business...
NOTHING LIES BEYOND McBAIN'S INGENIOUSNESS."
- Eugen Weber Los Angeles Times
"Carella and fellow
detectives from the 87th Precinct become embroiled in a convoluted
tale that FOLLOWS THE MONEY through the CIA, the publishing
world and the underworld. IT IS THE CAPTIVATING STUFF McBain
offers endlessly and effortlessly. I'LL BE THERE FOR NO. 52."
- Jean Heller St. Petersburg