NetGalley Review: Fiddlers

Book blogger Carol from Reading, Writing and Riesling reviews Ed McBain’s classic 87th precinct novel, Fiddlers.


A masterpiece of crime fiction, police procedural.

The author Evan Hunter, who writes under the pseudonym Ed McBain (now deceased), began writing the 87th Precinct series before I was born! Ed McBain wrote more than eighty novels including this series, and many successful screenplays, and some of his novels have been adapted for the big and small screens and for theatre. This writer had a huge talent − I regret that I have not read any of his novels before now.

Fiddlers is a fantastic police procedural. As I was reading, I could see the film of this story playing out in my head; I could clearly envisage the characters, the city streets, the police precincts, the cops sitting around their desk, coffee in hand, discussing the ‘Glock Killer’ case. This narrative remains as relevant today as when it was first written − which is a major feat in itself. The characters are credible; even the killer has some redeeming features, and the themes of bullying, abuse of children and abuse of power are topical today.

A great police procedural, an intriguing story and characters you will find believable − this book has much to offer the serious crime fiction reader, and I look forward to catching up with the rest of this series.

Read more of Carol’s reviews at Reading, Writing and Riesling. Fiddlers is published by Orion and is out now.