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Bread (1973)

by Ed McBain

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The bread in this case is money. Lots of money. Money lost in a warehouse fire. Money gained in an extraordinarily successful, important business. Money waiting in the check-printing machine of an insurance company. Carella and Cotton Hawes have taken over the arson case from indolent Andy Parker. But, what they find behind a tale of fire and money is murder. Lots of it.
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After fire annihilates a wooden toy business, the arsonist's trail leads 87th Precinct's Detective Steve Carella into Diamondback, a hostile gang and drug infested black slum. Additional trouble dogs him in the person of Detective Ollie Weeks - fat, smelly, violent and racist.… (more)

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