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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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Liverpool, United Kingdom

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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 Bread - Book 29, Bonus: Mid-70s Derek Nimmo

9/30/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus episode. We follow up our main episode's discussion of the 29th Book in the series, Bread, with our usual examination of the various editions of the original publication (and Paul does some Show & Tell for this!) and then delve deeper into the music, television and films of 1974, including some serious discussion on how the policy of OPEC might have affected the career of Perry Como. Lastly, we sift through examples of those folk who've portrayed...

Duration:00:31:37

Ed McBain's Bread - Book 29: Pronts

9/23/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast! After book 28, the satirical Nixon-baiting Hail To The Chief, we're back on firmer procedural ground with 1974's Bread - a complex tale of arson, fraud, smuggling, violence and deprivation. Roger Grimm's warehouse of little wooden animals has burned down, but what has that got to do with Diamondback Developments? Readers will meet the 83rd Precinct's Detective 'Fat' Ollie Weeks for the first time. Get used to him folks, there's lots more of Ollie to...

Duration:00:44:53

Ed McBain's Hail To The Chief - Book 28, Bonus: A Double Donald Scenario

9/4/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct bonus episode! We follow up our discussion about 1973's HAIL TO THE CHIEF with a bit of a quiz of the year in music and film, a look at the book covers of our and the original editions and then look at screen portrayals of Teddy Carella - with your fantastic suggestions for our Fantasy Casting under scrutiny. Paul also discovers that Stevo and Morgan have some strangely specific knowledge of fast food retail outlet origins in the UK. It has almost no relevance...

Duration:00:38:54

Ed McBain's Hail To The Chief - Episode 28: Grotbags?

8/29/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast! Here we are, still in 1973, but sat next to Ed McBain, examining his typewriter which surely took some beating as he punched out the text of his Nixon-hating Gang-Warfare Allegory, HAIL TO THE CHIEF. Join us as we spot the parallels (based on our rather limited knowledge of the politics of the US in the early 70s...) and discuss this most violent and unusual 87th Precinct novel. Also: we're over half-way through the series! If you'd like to get us a...

Duration:00:55:21

Ed McBain's Let's Hear It For The Deaf Man - Episode 27, Bonus: Little Jimmy The Croc

8/7/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus episode. Here we are, off the back of our review of the 27th book in the series, Let's Hear It For The Deaf Man, with our usual blend of book cover and design chat, the great quiz of '73 (first bit of the year) and most importantly - Fantasy Casting for THE DEAF MAN! Thanks so much for all your contributions. Apologies to Cary Elwes for my terrible pronunciation of his name! Next time you need to think about who you'd cast as our central civilian...

Duration:00:33:10

Ed McBain's Let's Hear It For The Deaf Man - Episode 27: Weeping For Dusty-Bin

7/31/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast! It's 1973 and The Deaf Man is back to taunt the cops of the 87th Precinct and to confirm his status as Steve Carella's nemesis. Join us for our discussion of this novel which takes in all three of the story threads, the relationship of the book to the film Fuzz, its place in Evan Hunter's work for the year and how it influences the lives of some of the characters to come. We explore some contemporary reviews of the book as well, with a mature and...

Duration:00:55:46

Hark! Solo-pod: Short Stories - Roger Lasagna?

7/19/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast bonus stopgap, er, thing... Just so you don't go mad waiting to hear Paul's dulcet tones again, here's a short episode that takes a quick trek around his bookshelves looking at collections of short-stories he loves and then an examination of Ed McBain/Evan Hunter's story collections in a little more detail. We appreciate it's taken a little longer than usual to get round to the next 87th Precinct book, so this is offered by way of a little...

Duration:00:34:55

Ed McBain's Sadie When She Died - Episode 26, Bonus: The Chimp Looks Great

6/25/2019
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HARK! It's an 87th Precinct bonus podcast. Learn everything about 1972, the year in which the 26th book in the 87th Precinct series was published, in our bonus episode. Albums, Singles, Films, TV... and we do manage to talk about Ed McBain and the books as well. We investigate our copies of the book and look at the original editions - find everything on our Instagram page - and decide on who we're putting forward for our fantasy-casting of the unluckiest cop in the squad - Detective Bob...

Duration:00:34:43

Ed McBain's Sadie When She Died - Episode 26: Played By An Ocelot

6/20/2019
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H*A*R*K It's an 87th Precinct podcast! The year is 1972 and Gerald Fletcher has just come home to find his wife eviscerated on the bedroom floor and his apartment burglarised. Luckily the police catch the burglar. Case solved? Well, not quite. Carella becomes Columbo in this tale of identity, betrayal, lost and found (and lost again) loves at Christmas in the Eight-Seven. [This episode marked as 'Explicit' due to some of the words taken from this book...] Paul, Morgan and Stevo discuss the...

Duration:00:52:08

Side-Pod - Rocket To Luna - Your Eyebrows Ran Away

6/9/2019
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IGNITION! It's an 87th Precinct Side-Pod. Strap on your heavy metal space boots, take a sip from your feeding tube and hail that space taxi - we're launching into orbit and beyond in this special edition all about the Richard Marsten science-fiction book Rocket To Luna. Another story in the Winston Science Fiction range (as with Danger: Dinosaurs), Rocket To Luna sees Marsten/Hunter speculate on what could happen on the first trip to the moon in the far off year of 1983, imagine what it...

Duration:00:48:38

Ed McBain's Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here! - Episode 25, Bonus: Orange Orange Orange

5/29/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode. Well, here we are with our usual look at the book covers of the original US and UK editions of this 1971 story, followed by the now-displaced exploration of the year (music, movies, politics, infrastructure) for the benefit of all of you who can't wait to hear people trying to guess which "Carry On..." movie came out, again. Find the photos of the covers and other stuff at our Instagram feed: www.instagram.com/hark87podcast We then move into...

Duration:00:35:54

Ed McBain's Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here! - Episode 25: A Little Bile

5/22/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast! It's celebration time for the eight-seven, because this is the twenty-fifth book in the series and McBain has invited ALL of the detectives to come along. Experience a night and a day in and around the precinct, with tales of murder, criminal damage, missing persons and dutch ghosts. You know, the usual party stuff. In this episode we forgo our usual examination of the year it was published (it's coming in the bonus episode though) and focus on this...

Duration:00:55:52

Ed McBain's Jigsaw - Episode 24, Bonus: Bald At Home

4/23/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode. We follow up our examination of the twenty-fourth 87th Precinct book with our usual run-down of the original editions as released in the US and UK and then we turn our attention to the important business of 'Casting The Eight-Seven' - this time we look at the listener suggestions for who could play Lieutenant Peter Byrnes. For the next episode we'd like you to get thinking about who you'd cast as the star of Jigsaw - Detective Arthur...

Duration:00:29:55

Ed McBain's Jigsaw - Episode 24: Lascivious Scares

4/17/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. Well, we've done it everyone - we've made it to the Seventies and the first book of that decade is JIGSAW - Detective Arthur Brown is on a quest to locate all the pieces of a sliced-up photograph and ends up with a pile of dead bodies along the way, as well as the loss of his trousers. A tricky tale to read with modern eyes in parts, thrill to the amazing sound of three polite, liberal men stumbling around issues of race, sexuality and sex as expressed...

Duration:00:58:21

Hark! Solo-pod: Ed McBain Magazines and Comics

3/29/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct extra-special bonus side-pod podcast! Inspired by a query about a particular magazine from the 1970s by the author Sarah Weinman on Twitter, I fell down a research rabbit-hole and have emerged clutching a whole bunch of information about the various attempts at 'spinning-off' from the 87th Precinct. The early sixties saw the emergence of Ed McBain's Mystery Book and the 87th Precinct comic and the seventies brought us Ed McBain's 87th Precinct Mystery Magazine....

Duration:00:21:13

Ed McBain's Shotgun - Episode 23, Bonus: John Candy and The Borrowers

3/20/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct bonus episode. We're back for our follow-up to the main podcast all about the gruesome story from 1969, Shotgun. As always, we kick off with a look at our editions, including a near lethal huffing for Stevo, and then reveal the original UK and US designs for the book and the mysterious Canadian Star Weekly release. Find these photos on our Instagram feed here. Then we get stuck into the main business of the day - Casting the Fantasy 87th Precinct series - Phase...

Duration:00:24:56

Ed McBain's Shotgun - Episode 23: Belly Preston

3/15/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast The cops of the Eight-Seven are often dealing with some pretty messy crimes and this book, Shotgun, has one of the messiest. Join Carella, Kling, Meyer and Hawes as they tackle two shootings and a stabbing, with plenty of hep-cat beat poetry thrown in along the way. There's also a nice reward for the series reader here, as book 19, He Who Hesitates, bleeds into the story. Alongside our usual discussion of 1969 in music, film, TV and politics, we have an...

Duration:00:58:50

Sidepod: Fuzz (1972) - Nourish A Vagrant

2/25/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Sidepod! In this episode, Paul is joined by fan-of-Burt-Reynolds and podcaster (in that order?), John Rain. You can find info about John's fantastic James Bond and Michael Caine podcast, SMERSHPOD through the Twitter page and keep an eye open for John's new podcast, All Rather Mysterious, which aims to solve the mysteries of the past, in the presence of comedians Eleanor Morton and David Reed. John and Paul got together to chat through the 1972 film version of...

Duration:00:55:21

Ed McBain's Fuzz - Episode 22, Bonus: A Ginger Sniff

2/18/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode! Welcome back to 1968 and Ed McBain's "FUZZ". In this episode we, of course, take our traditional look at the original covers of the UK and US editions, as well as the film tie-in cover, and discuss/huff our own rather battered copies of the book. Visit our Instagram for photos and more McBain content as well. We get stuck into our delayed-from-the-main-episode Quiz of 1968, during which we're driven mad by the notion of the most exciting...

Duration:00:27:15

Ed McBain's Fuzz - Episode 22: Chewing A Donkey

2/11/2019
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Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast! Even the most prolific writers need a year off, and so we've skipped past 1967 in our wait for the next 87th Precinct novel, and arrived in 1968 with "Fuzz". This book, one of the better known of the series, sees the return of the squad's nemesis, The Deaf Man! In this episode we explore how McBain uses the real world of politics to inform the 87th Precinct, find out all about decoy cops and consider the weird decisions made when publishing American...

Duration:00:56:40