Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct novels have long been favorites. I’ve spent years tracking down and working my way through them. With these, I only have seven to go, most of them earlier books in the series. Jim Winter posted on these two novels here. He does a fine job describing them and you should read his post.
KILLER’S WEDGE has a woman named Virginia Dodge holding the 87th hostage while waiting for Steve Carella to return so she can kill him. She has a gun and a bottle of nitroglycerin. Carella is out on a case investigating a suicide that may not be.
‘TIL DEATH has Carella’s sister getting married and there is a killer stalking the wedding. Plenty of suspecs as well. the best man keeps disappearing and he and the groom had wills made leaving everything to the other if one died first. The jealous ex-boy friend can’t believe she’s really marrying someone else. And there’s a fellow Meyer Meyer is trying to trac down who spent a year in prison after assaulting the groom and had vowed revenge.
Two fine police tales early in the 87th sequence: the mid-fifties. McBain never disappoints.