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About halfway through this book, I realized I might have read it before But it worked out alright since I barely remembered any of what happened Like recent McBain books I ve read recently, there s one good plot and one absolutely stupid plot usually involving one of the women of the 87th This one involved Marilyn By the time she died, I didn t give a hoot about her and was thankful the whole thing was over After reading Lullaby, I wondered what Eileen had called Marilyn about I know th About halfway through this book, I realized I might have read it before But it worked out alright since I barely remembered any of what happened Like recent McBain books I ve read recently, there s one good plot and one absolutely stupid plot usually involving one of the women of the 87th This one involved Marilyn By the time she died, I didn t give a hoot about her and was thankful the whole thing was over After reading Lullaby, I wondered what Eileen had called Marilyn about I know they can t get to every character each book, but I wanted to know where Kling was this time around I missed him This 87th Street Precinct novel revolved around the stabbing death of a Catholic priest, which seemed to be either drug related or related to nearby satanic church However, the depth and multitude of lies has to be unraveled by Steve Carella The other plot is Detective Willis girlfriend Marilyn Hollis former life as a prostitute catching up with her Too little of the squad in this one just a little Cotton Hawes. I d have liked this better if McBain hadn t written about satanism with such apparent zest Members of a satanic cult are suspects in the murder of a Catholic priest that made sense but this is the kind of book that made me feel like I needed a shower after reading it. It s an Easter Sunday unlike any other at St Catherine s Catholic church in the city Father Michael has completed his duties for the day, but he is beset with doubts he is losing his faith, and this was a difficult day indeed The day is made worse when a black man bursts into an unlocked door at the church, his head bloodied, screaming for help.Some six weeks later, Father Michael is found murdered, and once again, it s up to the guys in the 87th precinct to figure out who killed the priest It s an Easter Sunday unlike any other at St Catherine s Catholic church in the city Father Michael has completed his duties for the day, but he is beset with doubts he is losing his faith, and this was a difficult day indeed The day is made worse when a black man bursts into an unlocked door at the church, his head bloodied, screaming for help.Some six weeks later, Father Michael is found murdered, and once again, it s up to the guys in the 87th precinct to figure out who killed the priest.This is by far the absolute worst McBain books I ve read I ve always looked forward to snagging books from this series when they came up in my to read pile, and I went into this one with much anticipation, only to be sickened and even disgusted with parts of this.This seems to have been written back in the days when the pseudo journalist Geraldo Rivera was so fascinated with Satan worship One of the subplots in this book involves a group of Satan worshippers whose church is less than four blocks away from the Catholic church were the priest was murdered.McBain needlessly goes into great details regarding the Satan worship These details are gut wrenching and they so denigrate and ridicule Jesus that I was horrified and even angry The thing is, he could have told the story wonderfully without all the Satan worship details details that include using women as living altars into whom Satanic priests thrust themselves and other things The words used as part of the worship service so thoroughly trash and degrade Jesus and his life and work that I was both horrified and saddened The book would have been perfect without those details I wonder whether McBain just wanted to get in on the titillating salacious Satan worship fad that so fascinated so many around the time this was written.As to the rest of this, the police procedural part is typical McBain excellence The character development here is typical McBain amazing Even the Parrish secretary, Chrissie, becomes an unforgettable character based on McBain s writing His dialogue doesn t flag here You ll be drawn to those things that make McBain McBain But the Satan worship subplot pretty much ruined the book for me I came away wishing I could somehow take a brain shower I suspect most of you will find it ridiculous that I make such a big deal of such a relatively small part of a book, but this was truly despicable and nasty in places I know McBain is a modern classic of crime thrillers but I didn t care for this book All the characters are stereotypical, the women nags or sluts and the descriptions of the Satanic rituals as the opposite of Mass creeped out my Catholic sensitivities I can now say I ve read this author, but I won t be adding other volumes to my TBR list. A violent murder of a Catholic priest is the main storyline of this quite dark story for the 87th Precinct team well written as usual but longer than necessary because of inclusion of a unlinked second sub plot involving the partner of Detective Hal Willis as her past catches up with her. |Book ♻ Vespers ♵ A Catholic priest is brutally murdered A church practicing Satanism is not four blocks away, and the cult sign of Baphomet is found scrawled on the the garden gate The trail leads to a shadowy Easter Sunday, and the conclusion is breathtaking and ironic finished this one bout a week after i started it, on a flight between home and hawaii had to wait to complete it as i left my kindle in the seatback, flight 300 retrieved the kindle on the return trip apparently travelers forget all manner of kindles, readers, lap tops, this, that, the otherin seat backs or elsewhere on the plane this after the pilot comes on to welcome them to their destination, or way stationand to check around their seat the lost and found has a pile of devices finished this one bout a week after i started it, on a flight between home and hawaii had to wait to complete it as i left my kindle in the seatback, flight 300 retrieved the kindle on the return trip apparently travelers forget all manner of kindles, readers, lap tops, this, that, the otherin seat backs or elsewhere on the plane this after the pilot comes on to welcome them to their destination, or way stationand to check around their seat the lost and found has a pile of devicesno way to identify the owner, the device locked perhaps this one is an okay story i didn t get the inclusion of the church of the boneless onekept reading it as boneless though actually it is bornless been jumping around, toowas doing these 87th precinct stories in lineal fashion this story is big into crack crack had made the scene thatand children doing the adultwhile some argue for childish restraint don t know what to make of this story maybe it is the time changesomething feels like it should be later in the day Ed McBain at his most cynical and sleazy A catholic priest is murdered and among the suspects are the members of a satanic cult, whocelebratea few blocks from the priest s church.Personally, I think satanic cults are just an excuse for sadists and people with an overactive sexual drive to sort of glorify their mean instincts If you want to f k everything that breaths you re a maniac, if you do it during a parody of anti religious performance, you re a rebelMcBain seems to relish so Ed McBain at his most cynical and sleazy A catholic priest is murdered and among the suspects are the members of a satanic cult, whocelebratea few blocks from the priest s church.Personally, I think satanic cults are just an excuse for sadists and people with an overactive sexual drive to sort of glorify their mean instincts If you want to f k everything that breaths you re a maniac, if you do it during a parody of anti religious performance, you re a rebelMcBain seems to relish so much narrating every little detail of the super sleazy satanicmass , that I start to believe he also published pornography under yet another pen name, even if he denied it to his death.Apart from way too much details about the cult, the feeling of the book is defined pessimistic the secondary plot is about ex hooker Marilyn, now happily living with detective Willis and her past catching up with her.The murderer will turn out to be a very unlikely one, just to add to the dismay feeling of the tale If there s an author that writes dialogue in this genre better than Ed McBain, please let me know I so enjoy his 87th precinct series and despite this one being somewhatsexually oriented than others in the series, it was still a great read The storyline had plenty of red herrings and I was surprised by the ending, which I admit, disappointed me a bit But it s the rich dialogue between characters of the precinct that makes these books so much fun One feels as though he s listening to th If there s an author that writes dialogue in this genre better than Ed McBain, please let me know I so enjoy his 87th precinct series and despite this one being somewhatsexually oriented than others in the series, it was still a great read The storyline had plenty of red herrings and I was surprised by the ending, which I admit, disappointed me a bit But it s the rich dialogue between characters of the precinct that makes these books so much fun One feels as though he s listening to the exchange rather than reading it Like watching Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue actors carrying on their lines and forgetting that they re just acting Fun book