Candyland by Ed McBain audiobook

Candyland: A Novel In Two Parts

By Ed McBain and Evan Hunter
Read by Mark Blum and Linda Emond

Simon & Schuster Audio
5.57 Hours 1
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While Evan Hunter is known for his powerful novels and screenplays, Ed McBain is known for portraying the soul of the cop. With Candyland, they join for the first time to write a single story—a powerful novel of obsession. Benjamin Thorpe is married, a father, a successful Los Angeles architect—and a man obsessed. Alone in New York City on business, he spends the empty hours of the night in search of female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to an early morning confrontation in a midtown bordello and a searing self-revelation. Part I of Candyland follows Benjamin's fever-pitched search for identity, told in classic Evan Hunter style. Part II is pure Ed McBain territory. Three detectives discuss a homicide. The victim is a young prostitute who crossed Benjamin Thorpe's path the night before. Emma Boyle of the Special Victims Unit gets assigned to the case. As the foggy events of the previous night come into sharper focus, it grows clear that Thorpe is a potential suspect. The detailed police investigation is Ed McBain at top form. Shocking, bold, and compulsively engaging, Candyland is a groundbreaking literary event.

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Summary

Summary

While Evan Hunter is known for his powerful novels and screenplays, Ed McBain is known for portraying the soul of the cop. With Candyland, they join for the first time to write a single story—a powerful novel of obsession.

Benjamin Thorpe is married, a father, a successful Los Angeles architect—and a man obsessed. Alone in New York City on business, he spends the empty hours of the night in search of female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to an early morning confrontation in a midtown bordello and a searing self-revelation. Part I of Candyland follows Benjamin's fever-pitched search for identity, told in classic Evan Hunter style.

Part II is pure Ed McBain territory. Three detectives discuss a homicide. The victim is a young prostitute who crossed Benjamin Thorpe's path the night before. Emma Boyle of the Special Victims Unit gets assigned to the case. As the foggy events of the previous night come into sharper focus, it grows clear that Thorpe is a potential suspect. The detailed police investigation is Ed McBain at top form.

Shocking, bold, and compulsively engaging, Candyland is a groundbreaking literary event.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s fun to read, despite the grim nature of its subjects, and given that McBain is Mr. Hunter’s alter ego, it is also a literary gimmick. Candyland has its moments, and throughout it exhibits a smoothness, a professionalism, a gritty energy, and wit.” New York Times
“The novel is a gimmick, and it is a surprise that it works at all. That it works so superbly is a tribute to the skills of this great storyteller.” New York Times Book Review
“The pacing, character development, and thorough knowledge of police procedure and human nature…mark this tidy little mystery.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Superb...A multifaceted, psychologically astute portrait of crime and punishment.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Under any name, this man is a master of his craft.”              Library Journal
“This is a fascinating study of how point of view affects the story being told, but beyond that, no matter who’s writing, it’s a frightening, suspenseful foray into the darkest recesses of the city and the human heart.” Booklist
“An unusual collaboration, Candyland is written by two men who are the same person. Evan Hunter writes the first half, read in this abridgment by Mark Blum, as a straight novel about a sex-obsessed architect on business in New York. The second half is a police procedural written by Hunter’s alter ego, Ed McBain, and read by Linda Emond. The two stories intersect as Benjamin Thorpe, the lead character of part one, becomes the suspect in the murder of a prostitute in part two. Linda Emond’s narration of the second half, told from the perspective of Special Victims Detective Emma Boyle, is flawless and fascinating. Mark Blum gives a whiny edge to Benjamin Thorpe’s character in the first half, making it no less fascinating and even more human.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Ed McBain

Author Bio: Ed McBain

Ed McBain is the most well known pseudonym of Evan Hunter (1926–2005), the author of over eighty novels and several famous screenplays. He is a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award and the Diamond Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers Association. His books have sold more than one hundred million copies, ranging from the more than fifty titles in the 87th Precinct series to the bestselling novels written under his own name. McBain also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

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Author Bio: Evan Hunter

Author Bio: Evan Hunter

Evan Hunter’s first novel, The Blackboard Jungle, was an instant bestseller. His novels have sold over one hundred million copies worldwide, and he holds the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award. He is the only American ever to receive the British Crime Writers Association’s prestigious Diamond Dagger Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English