Candyland: A Novel in Two Parts
Evan Hunter is known for his powerful novels and screenplays. Ed McBain is known for portraying the soul of the cop. They have distinct narrative voices, but both are bestselling storytellers who have received worldwide acclaim. Now, in 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 a compulsive search for female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to an early morning confrontation in a midtown bordello and a searing self-revelation. Part I of Candyland is a fever-pitched search for identity, seen through Benjamin's obsessed eyes and told in classic Evan Hunter style.
Part II opens in Ed McBain territory. Three detectives are discussing a homicide. The victim is a young prostitute whose path crossed Benjamin Thorpe's the night before. Emma Boyle of the Special Victims Unit is assigned to the case. As the foggy events of the previous night come into sharper focus, Thorpe becomes an ever more possible suspect. The detailed police investigation and excruciating suspense are classic Ed McBain.
Shocking, bold, and compulsively readable, Candyland is a groundbreaking literary event.
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When mainstream author Hunter teams up with his pseudonym, mystery writer McBain, it's a publishing event; under any name, this man is a master of his craft. Hunter leads off with the tale of sex ... Read full review
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Page 19 - ... part of. From the first page, we see the impersonal nature of the world he inhabits, the technology and space of a grandiose male self-image, and the detachment from others that goes with Ben's predilection for phone sex. Ben habitually thinks of himself in terms of his place in the male hierarchy: 'He is Benjamin Thorpe, Esquire, famous architect whose multilevel concept echoes the very precepts of the law, exalted justice on high, abject supplicants below