Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Book Report: The Frumious Bandersnatch by Ed McBain (2004)
This book is one of the last of the series, and quite frankly, it's not of McBain's best. I mean, you've got the 87th Precinct guys looking into a kidnapping, working around the FBI who would use Carella, their liason, as a gopher. Actually, that's it. One crime from multiple points of view. Still, I figured it out awfully early and hoped for a twist that never came. Also, sometime this century, McBain started knocking president by name (Bush). I've mentioned that before, but he brings it out here again as a couple of asides. I could understand a sort of disgust with the Powers That Be in some of his previous books, but now that he's naming names for especial vituperation, I'm saddened and slightly put off.

Also, he probably works to hard to get the title thing working.

Even with those knocks, the book doesn't fall to below the Fair or Slightly Good rating. Better than any Pearson or Randisi novel I've read.

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