Let's hope that The Last Best Hope (6 hours) is not the last we hear from Ed McBain or Matthew Hope, the very likable, very human hero of the best-selling Matthew Hope mystery series. Matthew, still reeling from his last encounter with bad guys and guns, gets unwittingly embroiled in a messy case of multiple double-crossing, duplicity, deceit, and a rising body count. McBain throws in a little kinky sex, some gorgeous, no-good broads, the priceless well, of course there is a price or why would anyone want to steal it clay vessel that Socrates drank the hemlock from, Matthew's current squeeze, and his ever-present ex-wife, Susan. McBain reads his stuff, and, as always, it is good stuff indeed.

Reviewed by Sukey Howard.

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