By Ed McBain
Eighty-six-year-old George Lasser used to be the superintendent of a development within the 87th Precinct till only recently. regrettably his tenure led to 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 while 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 adequate to homicide with an ax.
One of the 87th Precinct series’ best installments, Ax is a pointy, severe 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 entirely satisfactory.”
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Plankton, thought Johanson. Red-helmet and transparent comb jellyfish drifted past. After a while the swarm of particles thinned. The depth sensor recorded five hundred metres. ' asked Johanson. ' A jagged shape came into view. Victor was descending along a steep wall. Red and orange crayfish waved delicate antennae. It was pitch black in the depths, but the floodlights and cameras brought out the creatures' natural colours vividly. Victor continued past sponges and sea cucumbers, then the terrain levelled off.
She asked. Johanson sighed. ' Every large landmass in the world was bounded by a relatively shallow strip of water, no more than two hundred metres deep, known as the continental shelf. Technically, it was the underwater continuation of the continental plate. In some parts of the world it extended only a short way into the sea, but in others it continued for hundreds of kilometres until it dipped towards the ocean's floor, either falling away sharply or inclining gently in a terraced slope. The depths beyond the shelf were an unknown universe, more mysterious to science than outer space.
He's an amazing cook,' said Lund. That's probably not the only thing he's good at, thought Johanson ruefully. Sometimes he found Tina Lund hard to resist, but deep down, he knew she would be too demanding. Now she was off-limits. ' he asked, not that he cared. `I took over the Fiskehuset last year,' said Sverdrup. ' He put his arm round her shoulders. ' `A real coup de foudre,' said Lund. 41 `Yes,' said Johanson, looking up at the sky. The helicopter was approaching. ' Half an hour later they were sitting in the aircraft with a dozen oil workers.