Monday, 16 May 2022

Ed McBain's Fiddlers - Book 55: A Very Long Pope

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast. In fact, it's the last (except our bonus episode) of the main series of this podcast as we arrive at the final book in the saga of the boys of Grover Avenue. It's Fiddlers. The corpses are piling up and the squad have to figure out what links the killings, whilst navigating their own matters of love, loss and family.

Does McBain leave us on a high? Find out within as we investigate not only the book itself, but the other things released by McBain/Hunter during the final year of his life and after that. 
 
Thank you so much for sticking with us and keeping us motivated to do this project. We truly appreciate it. So, until the bonus episode arrives, we'll merely say...
 
Fare Thee Well!

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Ed McBain's Merely Hate - Book 54a: FIFTY-SIX?

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct bonus extra minipod!

Before we approach the final book in the official series of the 87th Precinct, we need to divert down a side-track to look at the book TRANSGRESSIONS - ten novellas selected and edited by Ed McBain. The book includes a novella from the author, set in the 87th Precinct, called Merely Hate, so we can't ignore it.
 
In this brief episode Paul will outline the other authors in the book and a little about this short(-ish) story, whilst you wait for us to bring you our last official episodes! 
 
Until then, 
 
Fare Thee Well.
 


Monday, 28 March 2022

Ed McBain's Hark! - Episode 54, bonus: Stars In Your Mouths

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast bonus episode!

This is the bonus for our show all about the 54th (of 55!) novel in the series, Hark!
 
As usual we take a look at the cover designs for the book then settle back into the usual nonsense from the year of publication - in this case it's 2004. Prepare yourself for the Dave Mathews Band, Look and Read and some sequels. 
 
See you soon for the concluding story in the series - FIDDLERS.
 
Fare thee well.
 

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Ed McBain's Hark! - Book 54: Violins All Round

 Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast.

It's 2004 and we're finally examining the book that we named the podcast after... HARK! Our old frenemy, The Deaf Man, is back and this time his scheme is more baffling than ever. We dig into this, the penultimate entry in the canon. Nearly there, folks!
 
We outline some of the events in 2004 and you can, of course, join us in the bonus episode for more from that year. Join us soon for the FINAL book in the series, Fiddlers.
 
Fare thee well.
 

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Ed McBain's Love Or Money - Book 53a: Air Vent Temptation

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct bonus mini-episode.

In 2003 the BBC ran a writing competition and amongst the eight 'famous' authors taking part was Mr McBain himself. After generating a short-story for the competition entrants to complete, the authors also wrote their own end to the tale and so we get an extra little slice of the 87th Precinct to enjoy.
Click on the links here for the archived BBC website and the PDF of the complete tale.
 
See you soon for Book 54 - Hark!
 
Fare thee well.

Friday, 4 February 2022

Ed McBain's The Frumious Bandersnatch - Book 53, Bonus: The Anti-Palm

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

This is the bonus episode accompanying our look at The Frumious Bandersnatch. You know the drill by now... we look at the book cover designs from the States, the UK and around the world then dig into the music, film and TV of the period of the book's writing/publication. 
 
We've not got many more of these to do as we're onto Book 54 of 55 soon. Thanks for listening!
 
Fare thee well.
 

Thursday, 27 January 2022

Ed McBain's The Frumious Bandersnatch - Book 53: Heist-Lights

Hark! It's an 87th Precinct Podcast.


This is our show all about 2004's book, The Frumious Bandersnatch. McBain once again takes on the creative industries and the squad's first kidnapping since King's Ransom. Is the author eating his cake and having it too, with how he discusses the difficult topics in the book?

Featuring our first ever live Musical Illustration, we try and get across our feelings over this entry to the canon. We'll back soon for book number 54 - our namesake: Hark!

Fare thee well.