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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.

Location:

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ed McBain's Long Time No See - Book 32, Bonus: Dickens With Ferrets

2/10/2020
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus episode. This is our bonus episode for book 32 in the series, a tale of war-trauma, multiple slayings and a possibly rabid dog. As usual we begin with our look at the book covers of the original UK and US releases and our own editions, before getting stuck into some more charts and trivia from 1977. We're also looking at a new way to carry on our 'Fantasy Casting' for an 87th Precinct TV series, so keep watching FB/Instagram/Twitter for news on...

Duration:00:31:36

Ed McBain's Long Time No See - Book 32: Tubes Up To The Moon

1/31/2020
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. Welcome to 2020 everyone. Now that that's out of the way, let's go back to 1977 and the grim slayings of Blind people on the streets of Isola and beyond. It's a busy time for Carella as he looks after a seeing-eye dog, has to fend off flirtatious approaches and get to grips with Freudian interpretation of dreams as they relate to the Vietnam war. All in a days work, etc. We look at some contemporary reviews, explore a little of the world in 1977 and...

Duration:00:57:51

Side-pod: Find The Feathered Serpent - Reduckulous

1/6/2020
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct side-pod! Happy New Year everyone. Thanks for joining us again in 2020. To kick things off, whilst the regular team are still off on holiday, here's a special episode 'completing the set' of the early Evan Hunter juvenile fiction novels for the Winston Science Fiction range. It's the first of those stories, 1952's Find The Feathered Serpent - a tale of time machines, vikings and the hunt for a Mayan god. Returning to discuss this book is author Garry Abbott...

Duration:00:55:51

Side-pod: Barney Miller, Christmas Story - Exotic Yoxall

12/23/2019
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus Christmas episode! Many festive greetings unto you and yours from us and ours. We've finally taken the plunge and delved into the world of Barney Miller, as so many of you suggested that it seems very much like McBain's 87th Precinct tales. And what better episode to watch than Series 3, Episode 10 - Christmas Story. Broadcast over the holidays in 1976, this was on TV between the last book we looked at (So Long As You Both Shall Live) and the next...

Duration:00:43:33

Side-pod: Appointment On Mars - The Phantom Of The Opera Duck

12/13/2019
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast side-pod! Paul is joined in this episode by old friend and this podcast's first ever guest, illustrator Adam Paxman. They're looking at Appointment on Mars, the S.A.Lombino story for the television anthology series, Tales of Tomorrow in 1952. This was Lombino/Hunter/McBain's first credited piece of television and draws heavily on his skills as a writer of science-fiction short stories. Along the way we discuss the cast, the production, the high quality...

Duration:01:11:19

Ed McBain's So Long As You Both Shall Live - Book 31, Bonus: Drinking Tea In An Igloo

12/1/2019
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Episode! This is the bonus episode for book 31, So Long As You Both Shall Live - Bert and Augusta are married. Happiness from hereon in then? Ah well. Never mind. At least we can relax and take our usual look at the book covers for the original and our editions of the story - including a book-huffing of an early UK edition which nearly takes the top of Stevo's head off. After that we plummet into 1976 trivia - music, movies and more and then onwards we...

Duration:00:36:54

Ed McBain's So Long As You Both Shall Live - Book 31: Famed For Chili Measurement

11/25/2019
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. It's 1976, it's Bert Kling and Augusta Blair's wedding day and nothing can surely trouble the boys of the eight-seven on such a happy occassion? Well, maybe a scalpel wielding kidnapper might. But, look on the bright side, at least Fat Ollie Weeks is here to help Carella and company find Mrs.Kling and restore her to the loving arms of Bertram. We take our usual looks at what else Evan Hunter was up to at the time, do a bit of a look at 1976 in broad...

Duration:00:47:53

Ed McBain's Blood Relatives - Book 30, Bonus: Mad As A Hairbrush

10/28/2019
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct podcast bonus episode. As per usual, we follow up our main episode discussion (all about Blood Relatives) with our examination of the covers of the various original editions and the obligatory book-huffing test for our copies, before delving into the media of 1975 to provide context for the time in which the book was written. This time, we get quite silly. Marvel at Morgan's Alice Cooper enthusiasms, Gasp at Paul's impression of Oliver Reed and be wowed by...

Duration:00:31:25

Ed McBain's Blood Relatives - Book 30: Binyon's Gulch

10/21/2019
Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. It's a dark and tragic tale that Steve Carella finds himself investigating in 1975's Blood Relatives. This shocking story was adapted into the 1978 film Les Liens De Sang by Claude Chabrol, featuring Donald Sutherland in the Carella role. It's a scary and shocking tale. We round out our discussion of the book by taking our usual run-down of things-from-the-year-that-we've-noticed for context, look at some contemporary reviews and what else Evan...

Duration:00:42:53

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

9/30/2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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