By Ed McBain
Eighty-six-year-old George Lasser was once the superintendent of a development within the 87th Precinct till only in the near past. regrettably his tenure led to the building’s basement with a pointy, heavy blade of an ax in his head…
There aren't 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 sizzling 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, excessive crime mystery that's vintage Ed McBain. the recent York instances hails it as “the better of today’s police stories—lively, artistic, convincing, suspenseful, and thoroughly satisfactory.”
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Committed when he was aged 24, but he was not convicted for them until more than a year later, when he had passed his twenty-fifth birthday. In this sample, the peak age for the number of different youths convicted (47) and for the number of convictions (63) was 17. By age 22, these figures had fallen by half, to 24 youths convicted and 33 convictions. By age 24, the figures were only about a quarter of their peak values, at 13 youths and 18 convictions. The peak period of official delinquency for this sample was from 14 to 20, with over 40 convictions (10 per 100 youths) at each age.
These took place about once a year from when the boy was about 8 until when he was aged 14-15 and was in his last year of compulsory schooling. The primary informant was the mother, although the father was also seen in the majority of cases. Most of the parents were cooperative. 1 per cent). The boys' teachers also filled in questionnaires about their behavior in school, when the boys were aged about 8, 10, 12 and 14. Again, the teachers were quite cooperative, and at least 94 percent of questionnaires were completed at each age.
The estimate at age 24 is likely to be the most inaccurate, since it is based on only 60 youths. On the other hand, the youths left in the sample at ages 21 and 24 tended to be those admitting the most acts. Therefore, the reduction estimate is likely to be adequate as a measure of the future law-violating behavior of the most delinquent youths at age 18. It will only give an inaccurate estimate for the OFFENDING FROM 10 TO 25 YEARS OF AGE 31 whole sample if substantial numbers of the less delinquent youths at 18 were increasing their law-violating behavior at 21 and 24 or, at least, not decreasing it to the same extent as the more delinquent youths.