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Jack & the Beanstalk by Ed McBain
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Jack & the Beanstalk (1984)

by Ed McBain

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Series: Matthew Hope Mystery (4)

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When a client is murdered just before he's due to pay forty grand for a bean farm, lawyer Matthew Hope wanders into a world of shotguns, cowboys, dangerous farm beauties, and vanished cash. Praise for the Matthew Hope Mysteries A cracking good read?a solid, suspenseful, swiftly-paced story.? ? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette McBain has a great approach, great attitude, terrific style, strong plots, excellent dialogue, sense of place, and sense of reality.? ? Elmore Leonard… (more)

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“... and I didn’t know whether she’d meant she was sorry I’d been beaten up or sorry she was ending it this way.”

Matthew Hope gets his ass kicked in a bar, defending/protecting his girlfriend, and after the hospital, she breaks up with him. Tough start to this book!

Then, the book slows waaaaay down, and I learn more about raising cattle than I ever wanted to. Waaaay more. Then it picks up again, and then it's over. The dialogue is good, especially the banter, but the main character, Hope, is pretty lame, and I didn't much care for anyone else, except maybe the cops. It was my first "Hope" book, and probably my last. I'll stick to the 87th Precinct, thanks. ( )
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Ed McBainprimary authorall editionscalculated
Lundwall, Sam J.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Müller, WolfdietrichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ratzkin,LawrenceCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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As he tries to decipher the complicated estate of Jack McKinney, Matthew Hope is pursued by two femmes fatale - the dead man's mother and his sister.
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