Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Chagall. Tinka Sachs' Chagall original was knocked off the wall and ruined during her murder. Having squandered all her earnings on her drug addiction, the Chagall was her one remaining asset. In her will it was promised to her ex-husband, Dennis Sachs.
She was stabbed. Tinka Sachs was stabbed numerous times with a kitchen knife in her apartment by a drug addicted friend, Fritz Schmidt. Schmidt killed her when Tinka refused to continue supporting his addiction. Tinka had been supplying Schmidt with drugs and money because she felt guilty that she'd let him take the rap for a drug conviction years before in Los Angeles.
$150,000. Tinka earned sixty dollars an hour and worked eight or ten hour days, six days a week, meaning she received roughly $150,000 a year. However, due to her drug addiction, the only asset she owned at the time of her death was a Chagall painting.
Kling and Meyer. Following a call from a California detective that detailed Tinka Sachs' drug conviction back in Los Angeles, Kling and Meyer headed to a house occupied by Fritz Schmidt, an addict friend of Sachs'. Schmidt and his girlfriend are shot when they arrive but the two detectives manage to free Carella.
Cyclops. Cyclops' proper name was Ernest Messner. As he told Steve Carella and Bert Kling, he'd lost his eye in World War I when it'd been bayoneted by a German soldier in the Ardennes Forest. Cyclops hadn't realised it was gone until he'd killed the German and returned to the aid station. He wore a black patch to cover his empty eye socket.
Steve Carella's. Steve Carella's car was discovered burnt out at the base of a cliff in the adjoining state, the day after he was abducted on the job. The coroners later worked out that Carella hadn't been the person discovered inside, that it was the elevator operator from Tinka Sachs' building instead, Cyclops Messner.
The Cutlers. Tinka's modelling agency, The Cutlers, is run by Art and Leslie Cutler. Tinka was taken on by the agency when she was just nineteen. Thanks to them she modelled for 'Vogue', 'Harper's' and 'Mademoiselle'.
Four years. Bert's girlfriend, Claire, was killed in the fourteenth 87th precinct novel, 'Lady, Lady, I Did It', which was set four years before Doll. She was gunned down in the bookstore she worked in, and years later Bert is still struggling to deal with her death.
Chatterbox. Anna's doll Chatterbox appears in the first chapter; the little girl's holding onto it when the detectives arrive at her apartment. Later in 'Doll', it's revealed that her mother's murder was captured on Chatterbox's recording device.
Combination of her first and middle names. The name was a mixture of her first and middle names - Tina Karin. We find out later in the novel that her full, maiden name was Tina Karin Grady.
|Book 29 in my collection can be defined as a foodstuff made from flour, either with or without yeast, or a slang name for money?||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct Novels
Bread. Plot line: The bread in this case is money. Lots of money. Money lost in a warehouse fire. Money gained in an extraordinarily successful business. Money waiting in the cheque-printing machine of an insurance company. Carella and Cotton Hawes have taken over the arson case and find a tale of fire, money and murder, lots of it.
Lightning. Plot line: Lightning strikes with repeated terror, as a diabolical hangman murderer leaves one pretty co-ed after another dangling from the city's lampposts. It's up to Carella and the dedicated detectives of the 87th Precinct to fathom the darkness of the criminal's twisted mind.
Kiss. Plot line: Certain that someone is trying to kill her, Emma Bowles turns to another killer for protection. Only a dedicated cop trapped in a defective legal system can save her.
|Number 35 in the series can be defined in these terms - a sensation of warmth or hotness, a slang term for the police and a single course in a race?||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct Novels
Heat. Plot line: When a failed painter and twice-failed husband is found dead in his sweltering apartment, everyone assumes it is suicide. But Detective Steve Carella knows that suicides leave notes and they don't turn off the air conditioning on the hottest night of the year. Carella is on the trail of a killer.
Widows. Plot line: The detectives investigate the number of a beautiful blonde in the penthouse apartment along with her older married lover, but for Detective Steve Carella it is the murder of his own father in a bakery holdup which sends him on a fevered hunt for the one who made his mother a widow.
Vespers. Plot line: Father Michael Birney lies dead behind the church rectory with multiple stab and slash wounds surrounded by his beloved roses. Also teenage crack barons are fighting in the streets, looking for drugs which may be hidden in the church. Who killed Father Birney and why? Listen. You won't believe your ears.
Lullaby. Plot line: The squad room at 5.15 New Year's morning looked much as it did on any other day, but an exceptionally heinous crime was already sending a wave of outrage through even the veteran detectives on the precinct. A wealthy couple discovered their baby and the teenage sitter murdered. As parents themselves, Carella and Mayer resolve to bring in the perpetrator at any cost. Meanwhile gang warfare is overtaking the city streets.
Ax. Plot line: The boys of the 87th Precinct know that it took a maniac to kill George Lesser, aged 87, with an ax, but the only oddballs who could have done it, Lesser's wife and son, have air-tight alibis. Just as detectives Carella and Hawes are about to shelve the case, the marauder strikes again.
Fuzz. Plot line: After an absence of many years the 'Deaf Man' returns to plague the detectives of the 87th precinct. The 'Deaf Man', yet to be unmasked by the police detectives, plans to extort money from local dignitaries by asking them to pay or die. This, however, is a smokescreen for his real crime, whatever that may be.