Saturday, March 10, 2012

Books read in 2012: No. 19 - Mary, Mary

by Ed McBain

Started: March 10
Finished: March 14

Notes: Though I've read a fair number of Ed McBain novels, all of them have been from the writer's 87th Precinct series. That series was not all McBain wrote, however, not even his only series. This particular novel comes from his series about attorney Matt Hope. As it's my first Hope novel and my first McBain novel away from the 87th Precinct, I'm interested to see the writing and compare it to that which I'm familiar.

Mini review: If this one is typical of the Matt Hope tales, I prefer the 87th Precinct novels. The writing is as quick and crisp as always, but much of it was courtroom drama, and I'm just not all that interested in courtroom drama. For me, there's more tension when a cop is asking a crook the questions than when an attorney is asking a defendant. That's just me, though. Still, I'd definitely read another Matt Hope novel and, in fact, already have one, so I'll probably get to it eventually.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

the writing is definitely different in this series, and, for me, much better. I haven't read this one but have it, and have read others in the series and enjoyed them very much.