Killer’s Payoff: He appeared to be a decent, upright, honest citizen…. And yet appearances can be more than deceiving in the world of blackmail and extortion.
It’s like an old-time gangster movie: a speeding car, a blazing gun…and suddenly a guy walking down the street without a care in the world is lying in the gutter without a head on his shoulders.
But who pulled the high-powered trigger that turned Sy Kramer from a blackmailer into a chalk outline?
Was it the politician’s wife with a pornographic past?
The soda-pop tycoon desperate to keep a business-busting bungle bottled up?
Or was it whoever was paying Kramer a small fortune to hide what must have been one very big bad?
It falls to detectives Steve Carella and Cotton Hawes of the 87th Precinct, to pound the pavement of the city.
To beat the bushes of the backwoods for the suspect with the best motive, the most blistering weapon, and the biggest set of brass ones. En route, they will meet pretty ladies and petty lowlifes.
They too, will meet great white hunters and gray flannel ad execs. When the going gets rough, maybe even their match.
It’s all in several long days, and even longer nights, work for the guys who make their living behind the badge, and under the gun.
About the Author – Ed McBain
Ed McBain is one of the pen names of an American author and screenwriter.
Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952.
He was born October 15, 1926, New York City, New York, United States.
He Died July 6, 2005, Weston Connecticut, United States
Spouse: Dragica Dimitrijevic, (m. 1997–2005)
Movies: The Birds, Blackboard Jungle, High and Low and more…..
Children: Ted Hunter, Richard Hunter, and Mark Hunter.
Ed McBain was the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association’s highest award.
He also holds the Mystery Writers of America’s coveted Grand Master Award.
He received an Edgar Award nomination for his novel Money, Money, Money.
His books have sold more than one hundred million copies, ranging from the more than fifty titles in his outstanding 87th Precinct series to the bestselling novels.
The Blackboard Jungle and Criminal Conversation, written under his own name, Evan Hunter.