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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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Episodes

Ed McBain s Doll Episode 20 Bonus Rabbit or Darth Vader

12/6/2018
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**Hark! It’s an 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode!** Our focus is on the covers of our editions of Ed McBain’s twentieth 87th Precinct novel, Doll and we discuss those as well as the original release covers of the US and UK editions. Book Huffing is discussed in ludicrous detail and Stevo reveals his love for supergroup “Book Huffington and The Huffers” as we descend even further into Bonus Episode madness. We also tackle some listener questions both McBain based and...

Duration:00:24:50

Ed McBain s Doll Episode 20 A Surprise Roger

11/29/2018
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**Hark! It’s an 87th Precinct Podcast!** Welcome back to 1965 and to the savage and strange world of “Doll” – the 20th novel in the series. We have a look at the context in which it was released by exploring the Christmas charts and television of that year, with an exclusive Dave Clark Five rendition thrown in as well. Paul shares some intriguing research linking McBain with the espionage writer Eric Ambler and we share another mutual passion as we talk about Joseph Wambaugh. Oh – we...

Duration:00:54:00

Hark Bonus Interview James Naughtie

11/2/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Extra Special Bonus Podcast!** We're delighted to be able to bring you this short extra episode, which features a discussion with radio presenter, James Naughtie, who is a well-known voice to millions in the UK, as presenter of the fantastic show, [Bookclub](https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s5sf), on BBC Radio 4 (also available as a podcast), the former presenter of the flagship morning news programme, Today, amongst other duties as a special...

Duration:00:31:37

Ed McBain s He Who Hesitates Episode 19 Bonus A Bridge Glued To The Side Of His Head

10/22/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode!** We're back with our usual round of exploring the physical book - looking at the editions and covers of the versions we've got of Ed McBain's "He Who Hesitates", as well as the original releases. Stevo gives his usual olfactory assessment of the books and seems to become slightly obsessed with the notion of 'fonts'. We answer a couple of listener questions here, in particular about other lesser-known authors we enjoy and, what with it being...

Duration:00:31:59

Ed McBain s He Who Hesitates Episode 19 A Normal Crab and Iguanas

10/17/2018
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**Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast!** Ed McBain's first 87th Precinct of 1965 is "He Who Hesitates" and it's a change from the norm. Join us as we tag along with Mountainy Man Roger Broome as he walks the streets of Isola, trying to decide whether to go to the police about.... something. As usual, we set the scene by taking a look at the pop culture and events of the time and Paul outlines all the research bits'n'pieces he can find about the book, and we share contemporary reviews...

Duration:00:58:59

Ed McBain s Ax Episode 18 Bonus Chief Superintendent Strange Noise

9/25/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode!** Following on from our main episode discussion of Ed McBain's 1964 87th Precinct novel, Ax (or Axe, if you like), we take our usual dive into the editions we own and the original publications. In a shocking turn of events, Morgan reveals that his edition has reawoken his dormant sense of smell. This is book huffing To The Max. We then ruminate on matters such as what Crimey things we've been watching and reading, where you'd set a...

Duration:00:34:59

Ed McBain s Ax Episode 18 Drunken Bumdom

9/20/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast!** Careful with that ax(e), Eugene! Let's take a trip in the time-travelling toolshed back to 1964 and the 18th novel in the 87th Precinct police-procedural series by Ed McBain. The clear winner of the shortest-title-in-the-series competition - "Ax" - is a gruesome whodunnit, leading the cops of the Eight-Seven down blind-alleys and into dark-basements as they attempt to find out why poor old George Lasser ended up eating a faceful of chopper. We...

Duration:01:01:25

Side pod The Birds Oh My Giddy Aunt THWACK

8/30/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Sidepod!** Join Paul and his special guest, Herbert West of the Doctor Who Podcast “Trial Of A Timelord”, as they discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film “The Birds”. In the late fifties and early sixties, Hitchcock and Evan Hunter crossed paths a few times in the course of the making of the TV series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents…” and this led to Hitch inviting Hunter to adapt the 1952 short story by Daphne Du Maurier into the screenplay for his next...

Duration:01:11:59

Ed McBain s Ten Plus One Episode 17 Bonus The Spiral Staircase

8/21/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode!** We continue to discuss the 1963 novel, Ten Plus One, or rather our copies and the various original editions of it, once we've got the important matter of "Poirot and The Spiral Staircase" out of the way (forgive us our indulgences. It was late. We'd got rather silly). We also tackle a listener question which we'd love to hear your thoughts on: Who would make a good director for an 87th Precinct adaptation? We ponder the variables and make...

Duration:00:28:00

Ed McBain s Ten Plus One Episode 17 Quality Manly Reading

8/16/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast!** Welcome back to the books! After our fantastic diversion off to New York to meet Otto Penzler, we're firmly back in the fictional city of Isola, dodging bullets from rooftops as we put together the pieces of the mystery that is Ten Plus One (1963). The 17th book in the 87th Precinct series is a bloody and dark tale, with only a couple of amusing characters to lighten the mood of what is a battle against the odds to work out why seemingly...

Duration:00:59:59

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 background...

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 about...

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 latter...

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 sound...

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 Bonus Novelty P nis Frying Pan

5/2/2018
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**Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast bonus episode!** FULL DISCLOSURE - we suffered our first ever real technical problem during the recording of this episode, so part way through there's a brief music-snippet to paste over the join. We do 'fess up to it and we didn't lose too much, so it's all okay! In our follow-up to the main podcast episode, we finally reveal the details about Stevo's idea for the show "Criminals and Little and Large"! With amazing skill, Morgan manages to tie our...

Duration:00:24:06

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 mache 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 Book...

Duration:00:59:59