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Between 1956 and 2005, Ed McBain (1926 - 2005) wrote 55 novels set in the detective division of the 87th Precinct. His revolutionary style of Police Procedural narrative had a massive impact on the cultural landscape of literature, film and TV. We're taking a sequential (and usually SILLY) look at the books and associated films and TV.

Between 1956 and 2005, Ed McBain (1926 - 2005) wrote 55 novels set in the detective division of the 87th Precinct. His revolutionary style of Police Procedural narrative had a massive impact on the cultural landscape of literature, film and TV. We're taking a sequential (and usually SILLY) look at the books and associated films and TV.
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Between 1956 and 2005, Ed McBain (1926 - 2005) wrote 55 novels set in the detective division of the 87th Precinct. His revolutionary style of Police Procedural narrative had a massive impact on the cultural landscape of literature, film and TV. We're taking a sequential (and usually SILLY) look at the books and associated films and TV.

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English


Episodes

Hark Bonus Interview Otto Penzler at the Mysterious Bookshop

7/30/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Extra Special Bonus Podcast!** We're absolutely thrilled to be bringing you this podcast - an interview with publisher and owner of the Mysterious Bookshop, Otto Penzler. Otto was a long time close friend and confidante to Evan Hunter and kindly agreed to meet up with Paul when he was recently in New York, to chat about their relationship and tell us more about what Hunter was like as a person. During the conversation, we discuss how much Evan's...

Duration:00:44:48

Ed McBain s Like Love Episode 16 Bonus Boris Becker In Jeopardy

7/15/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode!** You chose the title (well, the seven of you who voted), so find out what it's all about in this bonus episode about the 1962 87th Precinct story, Like Love. As usual, there's a good book-huffing, a look at the covers of our different editions (check out our Instagram feed for pictures and more!) and we answer a number of listener questions in regard to how the series might have ended, female authors of crime fiction and more...

Duration:00:27:13

Ed McBain s Like Love Episode 16 Put Rum In It

7/9/2018
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast** Put your time-trousers on and slip back with us to the second part of 1962, as we experience something Like Love... Returning to the single-story format, the 87th Precinct is back with mountains of police procedures, lots of footwork and more bad luck for Steve Carella. He can't catch a break, that fella. It's an explosive tale of suicide, lost love and heartbreak for all involved. We look at what was dominating the music charts in the...

Duration:00:57:30

Ed McBain s The Empty Hours Episode 15 Bonus Crime Prevention Knees

6/14/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode!** Paul's research into the different first editions of Ed McBain's 1962 collection of "novelettes", The Empty Hours, leads the team into some very silly places indeed. Prepare yourself for an entirely indulgent (and slightly tipsy) bout of INVENT A BOOK TITLE. Stevo is a natural. Also, we see how nerdy Paul can get in his cover-image research and we become obsessed with Crime Causing/Crime Preventing knees. Apologies for the...

Duration:00:25:00

Ed McBain's The Empty Hours - Episode 15: Carry On Candelabra

6/7/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast!** Join us on our journey to find out what happens during "The Empty Hours" - McBain's collection of three novellas released in one volume from 1962. Carella takes on a paper-chase in the title story, whilst Meyer questions his place in the world in *'J' *and Hawes goes out of town looking for loving and finding murder instead in *Storm.* Our research throws up some trivia about the original publication times and places for the stories, as well as...

Duration:00:59:48

Side-Pod - The Young Savages: A Glistening Pompadour

5/17/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast Sidepod!** The team takes in the John Frankenheimer directed film "The Young Savages" from 1961. The film was based on Evan Hunter's "A Matter Of Conviction" from 1959 and is the tale of Hank Bell (Burt Lancaster) and his quest for the truth in preparation for his prosecution of three Italian street-gang members accused of the First-Degree murder of a Puerto Rican boy. When placed alongside the 87th Precinct book "See Them Die" of 1960, it seems...

Duration:00:55:00

Ed McBain's Lady, Lady, I Did It! - Episode 14: Relatively Politely Spoken Flautist

4/27/2018
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast!** The year is 1961. 87th Precinct fans have had to wait an entire year since their last fix and they're desperate for another story - McBain finally provides them with the 14th novel in the series, the brutal and heartbreaking Lady, Lady, I Did It! Join us for our usual mix of book-review and contextual-chatter (sorry, there's quite a bit of preamble this time!), as we discover all about what was going on around the world in music, TV and...

Duration:00:59:10

Ed McBain's See Them Die - Episode 13, Bonus: A Papier-mâché Inspector Morse

4/4/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode** I mean, we do talk a bit about McBain in this rather silly appendix to our main podcast. Stevo, of course, provides us with the results of his book-huffing and we delve deep into the sorts of books you could get from the discount mail-order shops advertising in the NYT in 1962. We also, as usual, retread some "Carry On..." ground and hark back to the days of the kids TV magazine show "How?", just in case you've not go enough UK...

Duration:00:21:55

Ed McBain's See Them Die - Episode 13: To The Cafeterium!

3/29/2018
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast!** We're coming to the end of 1960 when Ed McBain releases the thirteenth 87th Precinct novel, See Them Die. A tale of gangs, sieges, unrequited love, heat, tear gas and a big fat man. This is West Side Story as you've never experienced it before. On our travel to Isola's very own Spanish Harlem, we've discuss a whole load of stuff, including a pertinent listener question about the writing and release order of the books, the Ed McBain Mystery...

Duration:00:59:59

Side-Pod Bonus - Inkaar: Sellotape a Phone to a Banana

3/16/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast Side-Pod Bonus Episode! (Phew!)** Hop once more onto the train that left from the station called "King's Ransom - 1959", stopped off at "High and Low - 1963" and is now on the way to "Inkaar - 1977" and then join us in our comfy, sunken living-room seating as Paul and his guest Lorraine (https://twitter.com/lolmidge and https://twitter.com/lolmidgefilms) discuss the late Seventies Bollywood movie Inkaar. Inkaar was an adaptation of Kurosawa's...

Duration:00:44:53

Ed McBain's The Heckler - Episode 12, Bonus: What About The Tuba Murders?

2/2/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode** A very silly podcast. Join us for our post-main-podcast descent into madness as we start out proper (book editions and the nature of The Deaf Man, Teddy Carella and good vs evil), before speculating on what the cover of Stevo's 1979 Penguin edition actually shows. From thereon in, we hear about the Three 'Crimey' Things Paul got up to that day and consider P J Hammond's adventure series Sapphire and Steel in a whole new (Cornish)...

Duration:00:22:25

Solo-Pod - Ed McBain Books in the 1950s: DYNAMIC K.E.N.N.E.T.H.

1/17/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast Solo Episode!** Whilst we get organised for our next podcast proper (Ed McBain's "The Heckler") we've provided this little stopgap, with a look back over the books we've covered that were released in the 1950s. During this solo excursion, Paul recaps the books, the adaptations, who's who in the squadroom and tells you all about K.E.N.N.E.T.H., our scoring computer, via some newly discovered archive evidence. Detective Steve Carella pops by as...

Duration:00:20:24

Ed McBain's Give The Boys A Great Big Hand - Episode 11, Bonus: The Incredible Malcolm Hulke

12/12/2017
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode!** And what a bonus episode it is! After discussing our copies of the 87th Precinct book, with Paul demonstrating his inability to grasp the relative costs of pre-decimal currency, we get down to some important business. Imagine a world where Roger Moore appears as himself in a children's crime-fighting story-book written by Doctor Who writer Malcolm Hulke, all set in or around an African Embassy and the BBC in 1977... now, STOP IMAGINING...

Duration:00:25:16

Ed McBain's Give The Boys A Great Big Hand - Episode 11: Dropping A Steam Engine Onto A Battleship

12/4/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast.** Ten books and four years into the 87th Precinct series, and we've reached 1960 and the grisly but gripping tale of severed appendages, rainy weather and missing musicians. Along the way you can learn about the great fashions on offer at "Urban Suburban", the history of UK publishers T V Boardman and hear Stevo morph briefly into a pensive lion. We do our review of music and culture for 1960 and reveal the shocking secrets of Jeff Lynne's...

Duration:00:50:03

Side-Pod - Star Trek Assignment Earth: DISCO BEAR

11/14/2017
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**Hark! It’s an 87th Precinct Podcast Sidepod!** We slip time-streams today and end up in the 23rd Century before being whizzed straight back to the 20th Century, 1968 to be precise, as we look at what could have been Star Trek’s swan-song. The episode “Assignment: Earth” was the final episode of season two of Star Trek at a time when the show was threatened with cancellation. This episode was intended as a back-door pilot for a new spin-off. So how does this relate to the gritty and...

Duration:00:54:18

Ed McBain's King's Ransom - Episode 10, Bonus: As If It 'Twere A Serpent's Tongue

11/8/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode!** Join in again with our first birthday party, as we muse on Party Blowers, bakelite telephones and unidentified oscillators, the 87th Precinct TV series episode "King's Ransom" and answer some listener questions and queries. We discuss whether there should be a British novelisation of a Tollywood version of a Bollywood version of a Japanese Version of this American book. Everyone's favourite peculiarly-accented ghost, Groff...

Duration:00:27:28

Ed McBain's King's Ransom - Episode 10: Worthy Of A Long Pause

10/30/2017
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Hark! It’s the 87th Precinct Podcast! …and it’s our birthday! A year since we began putting the podcast together. Have some cake! It was about 58 years ago when Ed McBain’s “King’s Ransom” was released, the tenth of the 87th Precinct mysteries, and the last to be published in the 1950s. In this episode we look at McBain’s moral compass, propose a theory about P G Wodehouse and contemplate the voice of grief-weasel Adrian Score. It’s such a good book, we’re not even that silly! Don’t...

Duration:00:51:40

Ed McBain's 'Til Death - Episode 9: Simultaneous Slush Pump Discharge

9/13/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast!** McBain's Matrimonal Madness as told through the story of Det. Steve Carella's Sister's Wedding in 'Til Death (1959). Funnily enough, the wedding does not go smoothly. Along the way we discover what the official units of measurement will be post-Brexit, hear a true-crime tale of wedding misfortune and become obsessed with nicknames for trombones. Please rate & review us wherever you listen! See you next time for "King's Ransom"!

Duration:00:51:54

Ed McBain's Killer's Wedge - Episode 8, Bonus: We're Not Graphologists

8/21/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode!** Hello and welcome to the sound of three men comparing the letter 'r' for your listening pleasure! In this episode we follow up on the last episode discovery of artist Theo Ramos's name in Stevo's book (have a look at https://artuk.org/discover/artists/ramos-theodore-b-1928 for some examples of his work) and we take a further look at the 87th Precinct TV episode, Lady In Waiting (2 October '61), and revel in the intense eye-acting...

Duration:00:19:32

Ed McBain's Killer's Wedge - Episode 8: Supernatural Elephant

8/7/2017
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast - Killer's Wedge!** Here we are again with the next story in the fabulous Police Procedural series and we've finally reached 1959 and the eighth book in the 87th Precinct series, Killer's Wedge. Along the way we talk about the TV episode from the adaptation in 1961, explore the Locked Room Mysteries of John Dickson Carr and draw parallels to a Transformers comic from 1984 and reveal what the S.I. unit of Desk Name-Plate measurements is. Join...

Duration:00:50:22