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Candyland is as inventive and explosive, as stylish and perceptive as its creator. The novel begins as a fever-pitched search for identity, told in classic Evan Hunter style. Alone in New York City on business, Benjamin Thorpe -- a successful Los Angeles architect and family man -- spends his empty night on a compulsive quest for female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to a confrontation in a midtown bordello and a searing self-revelation ...

Emma Boyle of the Special Victims Unit is assigned to the case of a young prostitute's murder. As the foggy events of the night in question come into focus, Benjamin Thorpe becomes a viable suspect. The excruciating suspense is classic McBain -- and the combined impact of both halves of CANDYLAND is unforgettable.

  Evan Hunter