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Three Complete 87th Precinct Novels (Tricks / Ice / 8 Black Horses) (1992)

by Ed McBain

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Tricks
Everyone in the 87th Precinct gets in on the act in Tricks, a multicrime Halloween story full of murder, mayhem, and cops walking the line between decent society and the evil just beneath its surface.
Halloween is all tricks and no treats for the 87th Precinct this year. And the tricks aren’t fun and games either. A suspicious magician pulls a real disappearing act, mysterious packages with body parts are popping up all around town, and some not-so-sweet trick-or-treaters are playing some homicidal games. The boys at the 87th face more hair-raising riddles when all hell breaks loose on All Saints’ Eve.

Ice
Murder is in season as a brutal winter grips the city, and the detectives of the 87th Precinct must fight the elements and turn up the heat to find a ruthless killer.
Winter is never-ending and neither is the series of murders taking place at point-blank range in the 87th Precinct. The detectives on the case know the theater district is at the heart of the crime—but clues are hard to come by when dealing with some of the city’s top performers. This closed circle of insiders is eager to disguise any connection to cocaine, diamonds, or death…

8 Black Horses
It all got terribly confusing when the Deaf Man put in an appearance....
...and the criminal mastermind is making his presence known by the dead bodies that are turning up around Isola. Then there are the notes — with cryptic patterns including eight black horses dancing across a page — that look like they mean nothing. But Detectives Kling, Carella, and Meyer know that with the Deaf Man, the seemingly meaningless always means something. Something bad. And as late fall hurtles toward Christmas, the Deaf Man is counting down the days, luring the cops of the 87th Precinct with a series of taunting clues — all leading toward a horrifying act of revenge orchestrated by a psychopathic killer.
A naked girl’s body is found in the park—a sadly common event in a dangerous district of the city. But this case is different. A diabolical set of messages lead all the detectives to suspect the return of the Deaf Man, a clever culprit who disguises himself as Steve Carella. Racing against the clock, the 87th Precinct battles an insidious enemy to arrive at their shocking conclusion.
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