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6th December 2001

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780752844107

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From the author who wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS

For the first time Evan Hunter and Ed McBain, two extraordinary and diverse talents, fuse to form a brilliant and powerful novel of two halves

‘That it works so superbly is a tribute to the skills of this great storyteller’ NEW YORK TIMES

Benjamin Thorpe is married, a father, a successful Los Angeles architect – and a man obsessed. Alone in New York City on business, he spends the empty hours of the night in a compulsive search for female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to an early morning confrontation in a mid-town brothel, and a subsequent searing self-revelation.

Cathy Frese – aka Heidi-the-teenage-hooker – finishes up for the night and walks back to her studio apartment. But she never arrives. Her strangled, used and mutilated body is found in an alleyway the next morning.

These two lost souls had crossed briefly in the night, and as the foggy events of the night before come into sharper focus, Benjamin Thorpe becomes an ever more possible suspect…

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The first half of this novel is written in Hunter's style and the second half in McBain's. In Hunter's telling, it's a dark, Kafka-esque journey focusing on a tortured soul who doesn't realize the depth of his obsession until it nearly kills him. When McBain, who virtually invented the modern police procedural with his 87th Precinct series, takes over, the focus naturally switches to the investigation, and the tortured soul becomes objectified as the possible perp. This is a fascinating study of how point of view affects the story being told, but beyond that, no matter who's writing, it's a frightening, suspenseful foray into the darkest recesses of the city and the human heart
New York Times
That it works so superbly is a tribute to the skills of this great storyteller
Publishers Weekly
McBain is so good that he ought to be arrested ... Each part of the novel works beautifully alone but also in tandem, adding up to a multifaceted, psychologically astute portrait of crime and punishment