By Ed McBain

Eighty-six-year-old George Lasser was once the superintendent of a development within the 87th Precinct till only recently. regrettably his tenure resulted in the building’s basement with a pointy, heavy blade of an ax in his head…

There are not any witnesses, no suspects, and no clues. The spouse and son? They’re either a bit off-kilter, yet they've got alibis. simply while Carella and Hawes are approximately to place the case at the shelf, the killer moves back. Now the detectives are scorching at the path of a guy loopy sufficient to homicide with an ax.

One of the 87th Precinct series’ best installments, Ax is a pointy, extreme crime mystery that's vintage Ed McBain. the recent York occasions hails it as “the better of today’s police stories—lively, artistic, convincing, suspenseful, and utterly satisfactory.”

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In four months an unprecedented revolution was staged," he wrote. "The centuries-old privilege of the feudal landlords was shattered and the farmers' unions became the sole power. . What Dr. " "Revolution is not an invitation to a banquet . . a drawing of a picture or the making of a piece of embroidery that can be undertaken at leisure," he wrote. " He never forgot it. That vision became the basis of his future life and work. The "line of Mao Tse-tung" developed slowly. If his first enthusiasm for the farmers' governments was repudiated as 35 extreme by Chen Tu-hsiu, the slowly growing rural govern- ments Mao later organized in south China were disdained as "too trivial" by the adventurous Li Li-san.

No economic progress can begin until the soil-tiller is freed from crushing rents, taxes and feudal exactions. Feudalism on the land must be smashed. 4. Capitalist enterprise must be encouraged to break down feudalism and to develop industrial production rapidly. But private monopoly capital will not be allowed to develop. There must be a "new capitalism" encouraging all forms of productive enterprise—private, cooperative and public—with collective agreements between workers and management.

So the hopeful mass meetings, while applauding those unanimous decisions, were broken up by Chiang's political police. The great student demonstration in Shanghai that welcomed Marshall—the "peace-bringer"—was smashed by the garrison police. In February, the reactionaries fought the PCC decisions by inciting riots. In March, they fought through the Executive Committee of the Kuomintang which, also meeting under Chiang's chairmanship, denounced the actions of its own PCC delegates and decided on unilateral action to legalize the dictatorship.

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