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    Ed McBain
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    John Curley & Assoc (May 1, 1992)
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    232 pages
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Another winning recommendation from a member of the Rara-Avis hardboiled book mailing list. Up to this point I've avoided Mystery Writers of America Grand Master McBain (too popular and too many other books waiting to be read) but this little 1976, non-87th Precinct, gem was time well spent. The story is about the aftermath, told from the perspective of a small time New York City armed-robber, of a Bronx liquor store robbery gone bad. The writing is fairly fast-paced, the story unsentimental and the attitude hard-boiled. McBain, best known for his police procedural 87th Precinct series (54 books since 1956 and still counting) is worth a look if your literary tastes tend towards this genre.
I’ve not read too much from McBain over the years, but based on my enjoyment of this harsh and brutal offering that’s something I’ll need to address.

We have a small gang of hold-up guys planning a liquor store robbery – their 13th job together. Colley wants to hold off because of the heat, more than superstition. Jocko, the leader is broke and insistent. You just know things are going to go wrong ……. and they do!

Two cops surprise them in the act and Colley shoots one, Jocko shoots the other but not before being wounded himself. With the help of the wheelman Teddy they escape back to Jocko’s apartment and his ex-stripper wife - Jeanine.

The late TV news confirms that one detective has died and another is wounded. Colley Donato’s living on borrowed time.

He visits a neighbourhood pal, Benny the pimp. He confesses and on his way to his mother’s house is shocked to find the police onto him so quickly. They are on the streets handing out fliers identifying him. A foot cop recognises him and the shout goes up. A chase ensues and Colley achieves a small triumph by eluding the cops, flipping them off in the process.

Back to Jocko’s, where things are not all well with our wounded leader and his wife. Jocko has systematically brutalised his wife over the years and she confides to Colley that she hopes he dies. Colley sees her bruises and a whole lot more and when Jocko drags himself from his bed and discovers the pair intimate, his rage explodes again. Colley’s a witness to Jeanine receiving more punishment before she grabs a kitchen knife and retaliates. Dreams can come true! Somewhat reluctantly as far as Donato is concerned, carnal relations resume on a blood-soaked floor.

Hasty plans are set in motion. Flee the city, get down South to Fort Myers where Jeanine lived before and somewhere she was once happy. Colley goes along with it, until he rebels. A botched diner robbery for some cash reserves, sees Colley shoot a short-order cook before abandoning Jeanine outside and heading for the woods. Fort Myers isn’t part of his future, especially not with a crazy lady. He’s a New York City boy.

City boys don’t do too well in the woods and Colley gets attacked by a massive dog on the loose, before managing to shoot his foaming attacker. Whilst recovering from the shock, he’s then laid out by the irate dog owner. I had visions of a re-enactment of a scene out of Deliverance as Colley comes to in a run-down hut guarded by an old hag – his captor’s wife, sister, lover….all three? His assailant returns with his slightly less mad brother. Eventually Colley outsmarts the trio – a considerable feat considering he isn’t the sharpest tool in the box himself and flees again.

Treatment for dog bites, another town and some flirting with another waitress. Colley harbouring delusions of a normal life, which isn’t going to happen. Another pursuit from the cops and an attempted gun store robbery. Colley’s race is nearly run.

Overall verdict – marvellous.

A great main character – Colley Donato; we have his family history, his descent into a life of crime. We are interested observers in his outcome, although we sense he’s doomed from the minute he unloads on the cop. A cop killer but someone who still had me rooting for him, during his various scrapes and escapades.

Harsh and brutal, with the odd splash off humour in some of our scenes. I was a wee bit surprised by some of McBain’s language. Perhaps if I had read more from him I wouldn’t have been.

4.5 out of 5

Amazon order history tells me I bought this for £2.76 back in May, 2006
Ed McBain made a very welcome departure from his 87th Precinct novels--police procedurals, almost all of which begin with a murder to be solved--and wrote one of the toughest American crime novels up to that time (1976). In fact this reads like it could have been written two weeks ago, not over 25 years ago: a contemporary crime novel from the criminal's perspective with enough emphasis on psychology to keep the reader hooked straight through to the end.
The key phrase here is, "He who lives by the gun, dies by the gun." Prophetic words for the protagonist, Nicholas "Colley" Donato, a criminal whose expertise is the heist. McBain puts Colley through a whole set of stuff including successful jobs, a violent partner, and an equally violent woman who lusts and murders more intensely than any man in the story--and of course the knockout ending at a small town gun shop.
This is hardboiled crime writing at its finest, and very highly recommended.
A small-time armed robber is compelled to flee for his life when he kills a cop in a botched liquor store robbery. Over the subsequent 24 hours we learn a great deal about the psychology and life of Colley Donato and encounter, along with him, a bizarre gallery of characters, such as a buxom ex-stripper who nurses a murderous rage and a Jersey hillbilly family with a vicious dog. This is graphic, unsentimental stuff. There are no good guys and no one to root for, just a desperate criminal who deserves all the misfortune that comes his way. Evan Hunter's (AKA Ed McBain) spare but knowing prose is compulsively readable and he tells a savagely fascinating story.
Zeus Wooden
I absolutely loved this book. It is very raw and gritty and goes into extreme detail of not only what is happening in the physical world but also what is happening in the criminal's mind. Reading it was like watching a train wreck, you just know it cannot end well and it makes you cringe and your heart may skip a beat every now and then.