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Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels were published between 1956 and 2005. Paul, Morgan and Stephen explore them, the spin-offs and adaptations.

Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels were published between 1956 and 2005. Paul, Morgan and Stephen explore them, the spin-offs and adaptations.


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Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels were published between 1956 and 2005. Paul, Morgan and Stephen explore them, the spin-offs and adaptations.




Ed McBain's And All Through The House - Xmas episode: Cast Your Backs

Ho Ho Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Christmas party episode! Whilst we're counting it as an official entry in the 87th Precinct books canon (book number 46), the Christmas miniature story And All Through The House is offered here out of sequence as our Christmas treat to you. We take a moment away from stuffing our faces with Turkey, Pigs in Blankets, Potatoes and Pudding to tell you all about the publication history of the book and also answer some listener questions and reflect on...


Ed McBain's Vespers - Book 42, Bonus: Two Up And One Across

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus episode. Following on from our main episode's examination of the satantic tale, Vespers, we explore the covers of the editions as they were originally issued in the US and UK - worthy of note now editions on both sides of the pond are coming from new publishers. Then, of course, we dig into 1990. A new decade and a year we remember all too clearly. Music, Films, TV and our personal picks for the year. Thanks for joining and we'll see you again soon...


Ed McBain's Vespers - Book 42, Treeriness

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. We enter a new decade and McBain begins it in dark, despairing mode, with the story of a murdered priest, drugs, hitmen and recollections of confessions. We learn all about the folk to whom the book is dedicated, explore what was going on in McBain/Hunter's life in 1990 and look at some contemporary reviews of the book as well. Keep your eyes open for our bonus episode soon, before we bring you a Christmas treat and then it's on to Book 43 -...


Ed McBain's Lullaby - Book 41, Bonus: The Beige Spectrum

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast bonus episode. This is the accompanying thingy for our main episode all about 1989's Lullaby - murder, guns and therapy. Such larks. We begin by looking at the original releases of the book in the US and the UK, which is of interest as we see new publishers arrive and old publishers producing their last editions, plus a bonus edition of The Mugger as well. Then, as usual, we get stuck into 1989 in film, TV and music and proffer up our personal picks from...


Ed McBain's Lullaby - Book 41: The Krypton Factor with Lech Wałęsa

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. 1988 was untroubled by any McBain 87th Precinct books, so we're now in 1989 with the 41st entry into the series with Lullaby. Domestic murders, burglaries, city-wide drugs and gang warfare and therapists. It's all here. As usual, we mention a few key 1989 landmark moments and there's plenty going on in the life and near-death of the author as well. Then we get stuck into the book and explore some contemporary reviews. Join us again next time for the...


Ed McBain's Tricks - Book 40, Bonus: A Yeti Goes To A House

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast bonus episode. Seen as we looked at 1986 in the last episode, we're catching back up to 1987 this time with a look at the TV, Music and Films that were around - including our personal picks from the year. Paul also reveals a family story about Dudley Moore! We open with our usual look at the book covers from the original US and UK editions and those that we've got as well. See you soon for LULLABY.


Ed McBain's Tricks - Book 40: The Final Squirrel

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. It's the second of the books in the series to come out in 1987 and this time McBain has firmly targeted the Halloween market with the 40th entry in the series. We try and unpack this bumper book of Halloween horrors - which is a new read for two of us. Also, listen out for a cameo appearance from Stevo's cats. Paul also fills us in on some interesting info discovered whilst researching the dedicatee of the book and we take a quick look at other stuff...


Ed McBain's Poison - Book 39, Bonus: 200 Year Old Scouser

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast Bonus Episode. So, here's to Golden Days and Purple Nights! In this bonus we explore the origins of this phrase (let us know if you know anything about it) before we get into our usual book cover exploration, book-huffing and general tomfoolery. Although Poison came out in early 1987, we're still focusing on 1986 in the episode (mainly so Paul can talk about his favourite film). See you soon for the next book in the series - TRICKS. Fare thee well.


Ed McBain's Poison - Book 39: Richie Benaud Blazer

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. We've arrived into 1987 - a year in which two 87th Precinct books appear - so we spend some of this episode explore McBain/Hunter's activities in 1986 to get us up to date. Then it's time to get stuck into Poison - a remarkable and quite harrowing character study - but is it genuine 87th Precinct material? Paul also fills everyone in on the hidden true story in Evan Hunter's 1966 novel The Paper Dragon as well. See you soon for the bonus episode and...


Ed McBain's Eight Black Horses - Book 38, Bonus: Very Fretless Bass

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus episode. Following our run-down of the Deaf Man's schemes in our main episode, we turn our attention to the designs of the original UK/US releases and Paul introduces a new fifth design into the scheme! Then prepare yourself for some epic book-huffing before settling into the 1985 nostalgia fest of music, movies, television and our personal picks from the year. Thanks for joining us for these lockdown episodes. Hopefully we'll be face-to-face again...


Ed McBain's Eight Black Horses - Book 38: Professor Hair

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast. We're in 1985 and who better to come along to mark the halfway point of the decade but the 87th Precinct's nemesis, The Deaf Man? Making his fourth appearance in the series, he returns full of schemes and anger. How will the boys from Grover Avenue cope this time? Along the way we discuss some key cultural, political and technological points from 1985. Paul offers his 'McCartney' theory for the book and we look at some contemporary reviews of the novel...


Ed McBain's Lighting - Book 37, Bonus: Dystopian Fozzy Bear

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode. Following on from our discussion of the dark and difficult book 'Lightning' we take our usual gander at the original book cover designs and then get stuck straight into as much 1984 ephemera as you can shake a stick at. We've reached a point in the series publication year where we actually remember a lot of things coming out, so apologies for the ongoing transition into a very specific nostalgia account! We offer up our picks of 1984 movies and...


Ed McBain's Lightning: A Lunatic Empire Man

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. This episode is all about the 37th book in the series - a brutal and dark tale of serial criminals. We discuss if this is McBain at his most difficult - violence against women, issues of race and much more. Along the way, we also discuss where Evan Hunter was in his career, including some of his notable failures (published and otherwise) and look again at his disgust at the success of Hill Street Blues. We'll be back soon with our look at the original...


Hark! Bonus Interview with Erin MacDonald

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast special edition. Joining Paul for this interview is author and professor of English, Erin MacDonald. Erin wrote the essential guide to Evan Hunter's many works, "Ed McBain/Evan Hunter - A Literary Companion", which was published in 2012, and has just completed her new companion piece to the works of Ian Rankin, "Ian Rankin - A Companion to the Mystery Fiction", both available from McFarland. We've been trying to get hold of Erin for a while, so we're...


Ed McBain's Ice - Book 36, Bonus: Perfumey Tang

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast bonus episode. Join us as we dip nose-deep into our varying copies of McBain's 1983 epic, ICE as well as exploring the original book cover designs for the UK and US releases. Then we drift into our usual look at music, movies and TV and proffer some personal picks from the year. Apologies for minimal McBain content in these current Bonus episodes, but they're intended as a nice distraction for us, as much as you, during the rather bizarre period in which...


Ed McBain's Ice - Book 36: Orbit of a UFO

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. So McBain took a year off in 1982, but in 1983 he returned to the precinct with Ice - a longer novel and one that is usually considered in the top tier of the series. Will we agree? It's a tale of murder, murder, murder, drugs and fraud (and murder). We catch up with the newly divorced Bert Kling and meet an old friend in Eileen Burke. Find out what we think in this new episode which also takes in looming nuclear disaster, just to cheer you all up....


Ed McBain's Heat - Book 35, Bonus: No Context Midriff

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus episode. 1981. An alcoholic cop steps out of his car. He's reached the island. The place he could make a difference. He pulls his brown leather jacket close about him. Jim Bergerac has arrived. In this episode we revel in our usual book cover review and huffing, the music, films and TV of 1981 and offer up our own personal choices of records and movies from the year for you. Stevo is called away on an urgent errand and a listener question inspires...


Ed McBain's Heat - Book 35: Ten Popes

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast! And we begin with an apology - no backup recording means Paul's mic is terribly distorted. Sorry, but you're going to have to suffer the Dalek delivery in this episode. We're back in 1981 and what we posit is the start of a new 'season' of 87th Precinct adventures. It's hot. There's a corpse. There's betrayal. There's lust for revenge. There's a drugs bust. Everything is happening in this fascinating tale of trust destroyed in so many ways. We hope you...


Ed McBain's Ghosts - Book 34, Bonus: Maritime Calamities

Hark! It's a remote-recorded 87th Precinct Bonus Episode. Are you ready for the world's first ever round of remote-recorded book-huffing? Will Morgan's schnozz rise to the challenge? Will Paul manage to get through his intro without saying the word 'Ghoosts'? Will Stevo ever remember the name of that Roxy Music album? All these questions - and more - are answered in our bonus episode to our podcast about the book GHOSTS - McBain's exercise in spooky tale-telling from 1980. During the...


Ed McBain's Ghosts - Book 34: AWOL In The Bush

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. This is the podcast all about 1980's spooktacular story, Ghosts. Has McBain gone mad or is he just showing off to Stephen King? Find out as we follow along as Carella hooks up with a Medium whilst investigating two deaths at an apartment block. Poor old Steve is about to have one of the weirdest Christmases ever. This is our first podcast recording done 'remotely' and we hope it sounds okay. Learned a few lessons whilst doing it, but at least we know we...