See Them Die by Ed McBain

See Them Die is one of McBain’s more artistic works.  There’s no mystery, just a series of events that play out over the course of a hot morning and afternoon in the city.  It examines themes of racism in the context of how juveline delinquents are inevitably created in certain environments.

When my friend Sheila gave me a nice hardcover edition for Christmas, I thought I hadn’t read it, but once I started it did become familiar.  Maybe there aren’t any unread McBain’s out there for me.  But this was a great one to re-read and the edition is a big upgrade from my tattered paperback.

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