Monday, 18 February 2019

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

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 cross-over event in movie history! Be prepared for some of the finest celebrity impersonations you've ever heard. 

We also chat about taking the "Who Would You Cast In The 87th Precinct TV Series" questions to the next level, so get your thinking caps on and start to think about when you would want to set the show, before we start to look at each character and who we could pick to play them.
Remember, a bonus side-pod will be coming soon looking at the movie of FUZZ from 1972. Keep your eyes peeled and until then, Fare Thee Well.

Monday, 11 February 2019

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

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 books in the U.K.. We skip the majority of the 'quiz of the year' this episode as there's so much to pack in, but fret not - we still manage to get caught up in the world of 'Carry On...' (the quiz will be in the bonus episode!)

Special mention must be made of Betamax Video Club and Paul's appearance talking about his favourite film, The Transformers: The Movie! Please do check it out. And on the subject of movies, Paul and a special guest will be bringing you a Side-pod all about the Burt Reynold's feature from 1972, Fuzz! Keep your eyes peeled for that. 

Thanks for joining us and we'll see you soon for the bonus episode, then book 23 - "Shotgun". Fare Thee Well!

* N.B.: some sound quality issues plague this episode. Our microphones were being naughty. Hopefully it won't affect your enjoyment too much.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Ed McBain's Eighty Million Eyes - Episode 21, Bonus: Bees or Capsules?

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Bonus Podcast!

Hullo again - here we are with our usual extra-slice of McBain-ing, where we take our usual look at the publishing history and the front covers of the first editions of the book, in this case 1966's Eighty Million Eyes, as well as letting you know what we've been reading and, most importantly, how they smell. Stevo is at his most huffingly poetic in this.

We then tackle a listener question about formats for adapting the 87th Precinct and then jump back to investigate the film "Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment". All this and spy crocodiles too!

Please rate, review and share, and then join us soon for the next book in the series, 1968's FUZZ. Until then - Fare Thee Well.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Ed McBain's Eighty Million Eyes - Episode 21: Full Hovercraft Details

Hark! It's the 87th Precinct Podcast.

Well, it's January 2019, but we want to drag you over the time-platters back to 1966 and the twenty-first entry into the 87th Precinct series, Eighty Million Eyes. The novel itself is made up of two intertwined 'novelettes' and we look at the publishing history of the stories in their original form and then explore some of the features that make up the published work. The on-screen death of a TV star sends Meyer and Carella into a Witness chasing frenzy and Kling is assigned guard duty.

Before we get going, we explore the media, music, sport and politics of '66, including a discussion of the Miranda/Escobedo cases which will definitely come to be relevant as the series continues. We share some listener thoughts on the story, explore contemporary reviews and generally get dreamy over air-cushion based transport systems.

We're now hosted by PODBEAN, but hopefully you shouldn't experience any interruption of service. We'll be back soon with the accompanying bonus episode for this story and then the next story in the sequence is 1968's FUZZ. Happy New Year and Fare Thee Well!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

A New Year - A New Host

Hullo everyone! A quick message from us to let you know that we've now moved to Podbean as our host for the podcast. This should enable us to manage the podcast distribution better, get great statistics on listens and really help us to reach more folks to share our love of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels.

The feed on iTunes/Apple Podcasts shouldn't be affected and we're working to check that all the other places you can get the pod are still up and running. We'll leave the back episodes up on our old host for now as well, but in the future you should see a lot more of this sort of player on the blog:

So, if you're interested in contributing to the show, then a great way to help would be to buy us a digital coffee at KO-FI - for $3, using Paypal and anything we receive will go into continuing to bring you the show, improve equipment, pay for hosting costs and such like. Thanks and Fare Thee Well.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Side-Pod - Danger: Dinosaurs! - A Slimy Assistant

ROAR! It's an 87th Precinct Side-pod.

Come with us now as we skate over the surface of time, bumping back through the years to 1953 and to the story, DANGER: DINOSAURS! by Richard Marsten.

Evan Hunter, king of pseudonyms, wrote a few juvenile fiction/Sci-fi books early in his career of which this is one such lizard-filled example. Taking time-travel as a starting point, Hunter/Marsten brings us Goodies, Baddies, Monsters, Mayhem, Machinations and a Singing Chef. Who could ask for more?

Trying to make sense of the story with Paul this episode is his brother, Garry Abbott, a writer of Sci-Fi/Speculative fiction whose work can be found at, with his books available via Amazon. Sweep back the jungly tendrils of the cycads and join us on our mission.

Fare thee wel... oh lord... no... ALLOSAURUS.... AAAAAARGH!

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Side-Pod - 87th Precinct, Line Of Duty: Good Hat Acting

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct side-pod!

We jump time-streams from the 87th Precinct of the written-word to the 87th Precinct of the acted-world, as we explore the fifth episode of the NBC TV series (1961-62) based on Ed McBain's stories. McBain/Hunter himself only wrote three teleplays for the series. Two were based on books but this one, Line Of Duty, was an original story.

Paul shares what he's found out about the story and we speculate on how it relates to the broader concept and series of the 87th Precinct and we also say the word "Haberdashery" several times. You have been warned.

This december bonus episode has been enhanced by the amazing generosity of one of our listeners, thus providing us with ample book-huffing opportunities. Should you wish to gift us anything, then our hearts would be gladdened by a review or rating on whatever podcast platform you use - a share and a recommendation to others goes a long way too!

There's more extra pods coming soon, but we'll be back before too long with our main podcast and 1966's "EIGHTY MILLION EYES". See you soon, Merry Christmas and Fare Thee Well!