By Ed McBain
Eighty-six-year-old George Lasser was once the superintendent of a development within the 87th Precinct till only recently. regrettably his tenure resulted in the building’s basement with a pointy, heavy blade of an ax in his head…
There aren't any witnesses, no suspects, and no clues. The spouse and son? They’re either a bit off-kilter, yet they've got alibis. simply whilst Carella and Hawes are approximately to place the case at the shelf, the killer moves back. Now the detectives are scorching at the path of a guy loopy sufficient to homicide with an ax.
One of the 87th Precinct series’ best installments, Ax is a pointy, extreme crime mystery that's vintage Ed McBain. the hot York instances hails it as “the better of today’s police stories—lively, artistic, convincing, suspenseful, and totally satisfactory.”
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Danny’s ancient Toyota was already there, and when I unlocked the bay I was pleased to ﬁnd the johnboat waiting. CAUSE of DEATH 31 I lowered the door behind me and walked around, looking. The long low-pressure hose had been neatly coiled, and as I had requested one severed end and the regulator it was attached to were sealed inside plastic. The other end was still connected to the small compressor strapped to the inner tube. Nearby were a gallon of gasoline and the expected miscellaneous assortment of dive and boat equipment, including extra weights, a tank containing three thousand pounds per square inch of air, a paddle, life preserver, ﬂashlight, blanket and ﬂare gun.
He’s been dead awhile,’’ I said. ’’ Danny asked as he ﬁt scalpel handles with new blades. ’’ He stared at Eddings’s face and his own got sad. ’’ He looked at me. ’’ ‘‘I can’t let it get to me because they need me to do a good job for them,’’ I said as I made notes. ’’ He glanced up. ‘‘We’re never done, Danny,’’ I said. ’’ He lined a bucket with a viscera bag and put it near me on the ﬂoor. ’’ ‘‘If we forget them, then something is wrong with us,’’ I said. Roche emerged from the locker room looking like a disposable astronaut in his face shield and paper suit.
That’s correct. ’’ I paused and looked up at him. ‘‘You’ll get a copy of my report when it’s complete. ’’ He would come no closer, and my hands were bloody. I looked at Marino. ’’ He went to him, took the bag and grufﬂy said, ‘‘Come on. ’’ They walked just beyond the doorway, and as I continued to work, paper rattled some more. I heard Marino drop the magazine from a pistol, open the slide and loudly complain that the gun had not been made safe. ‘‘I can’t believe you’re carrying this thing around loaded,’’ Marino’s voice boomed.