A spectre is haunting Europe

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of fascism.  We caught a glimpse of that spectre in Sweden last weekend and we are likely to see more of it next weekend in Italy. It…


Review: Killer’s Edge, by Ed McBain

The 7th book in McBain’s groundbreaking series of police procedurals — a genre he basically invented — seems to be having a bit of fun. In previous books, McBain’s introductions and afterwords, written many decades…



Review: Killer’s Choice, by Ed McBain

The fifth book in Ed McBain’s classic 87th Precinct series introduces a new character to the detective squad — Cotton Hawes. Hawes has been transferred over from one of the richer parts of the city…



The case for space

In the last few days, NASA has twice had to abort launches of the Artemis mission to the Moon.  By the time this article appears in print, there may be another attempt, a successful launch…


Review: The Con Man, by Ed McBain

Having failed to kill off Detective Steve Carella in the previous book, the 4th book in the long-running 87th Precinct series has him playing a star role. As in many of McBain’s novels, there are…



Review: The Pusher, by Ed McBain

Even in 1956, when Ed McBain wrote this book, drug addiction was a problem in the United States. Like so many of the books in the 87th precinct series (this is the third), this story…