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So Nude, So Dead
by Ed McBain


Overview - He d been a promising piano prodigy, once. Now he was just an addict, scraping to get by, letting his hunger for drugs consume him. But a man s life can always get worse - as Ray Stone discovers when he wakes up beside a beautiful nightclub singer only to find her dead...  Read more...

 
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Overview
He d been a promising piano prodigy, once. Now he was just an addict, scraping to get by, letting his hunger for drugs consume him. But a man s life can always get worse - as Ray Stone discovers when he wakes up beside a beautiful nightclub singer only to find her dead... and 16 ounces of pure heroin missing. On the run from the law, desperate to prove his innocence and find a killer, Ray also faces another foe, merciless and unforgiving: his growing craving for a fix..."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781781166062
  • ISBN-10: 1781166064
  • Publisher: Hard Case Crime
  • Publish Date: July 2015
  • Page Count: 192


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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Crime

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

McBain scholars and aficionados will welcome this reissue of the late MWA Grand Master’s first crime novel, originally published in 1952 under a pseudonym. Ray Stone, who was once a promising pianist but is now a heroin addict desperate for his next fix, awakens one morning to find the woman next to him, Eileen Chalmers, with two bullet holes in her belly. Though appalled by Eileen’s murder, Stone is more concerned with finding the 16 ounces of heroin that he knows is somewhere in their hotel room—or was, before he passed out. He spends the next frantic days alternately searching for the stash, trying to score a quick hit, and running from the mobsters—who eventually capture him and administer a brutal beating as they try to extract the location of the missing heroin. The book is crude, clearly the work of a beginner—McBain was 26 when it was published—giving little indication of the superb craftsman that he would later become. (July)

 
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