Monday, 30 October 2017

Ed McBain's King's Ransom - Episode 10: Worthy Of A Long Pause

**Hark! It’s the 87th Precinct Podcast! **

…and it’s our birthday! A year since we began putting the podcast together. Have some cake!

It was a little longer ago (about 58 years longer) when Ed McBain’s “King’s Ransom” was released, the tenth of the 87th Precinct mysteries, and the last to be published in the 1950s. In this episode we look at McBain’s moral compass, propose a theory about P G Wodehouse and contemplate the voice of grief-weasel Adrian Score. It’s such a good book, we’re not even that silly! Don’t worry, because there’s lots more stuff to come. 

There's some true crime comparison, some more chat about The Bill and plenty of Columbo comparisons scattered throughout.

Thanks for listening. Please take the time to like/rate/review on whatever podcast app you use, as it will really help us to extend the reach of our McBain fandom.

See you soon for “Give The Boys A Great Big Hand”


  1. Originally written as a play in 1955 (pre 87th Precinct). The play was never produced, and later became the basis for this novel.

  2. Hullo! Yes! Shortly after doing the podcast, my research into who the original dedication in the book was to led me to find some early/mid-fifties evidence of Hunter being commissioned to write the play! I'm going to mention it in an aside in our 'bonus' episode next week. Thanks for getting in touch!