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Fat Ollie's Book: A Novel of the 87th Precinct

Fat Ollie's Book: A Novel of the 87th Precinct

Written by Ed McBain

Narrated by Ron McLarty


Fat Ollie's Book: A Novel of the 87th Precinct

Written by Ed McBain

Narrated by Ron McLarty

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3/5 (3 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Jan 1, 2003
ISBN:
9780743547000
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Description

Murders happen every day in the big bad city. They're not such a big deal, you know. Even when the victim is a city councilman as well-known as Lester Henderson.
But this is the first time Fat Ollie Weeks of the 88th Precinct has written a novel, ah yes. Called Report to the Commissioner, it follows a cunning detective named Olivia Wesley Watts, who, apart from being female and slim, is rather like Fat Ollie himself. While Ollie's responding to the squeal about the dead councilman, his leather dispatch case is stolen from the back of his car -- and in it, the only copy of his precious manuscript.
Joined by Carella and Kling from the neighboring 87th Precinct, Ollie investigates the homicide with all the exquisite crudeness, insensitivity, and determination for which he is famous. But the theft of his first novel fills Ollie with a renewed passion for old-fashioned detective work.
Following the exploits of one of Ed McBain's most beloved detectives, this lively and complicated tale -- the fifty-second in the award-winning 87th Precinct series -- is McBain at his best.
Released:
Jan 1, 2003
ISBN:
9780743547000
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Ed McBain, a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Grand Master Award, was also the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association's highest award. His books have sold more than one hundred million copies, ranging from the more than fifty titles in the 87th Precinct series (including the Edgar Award–nominated Money, Money, Money) to the bestselling novels written under his own name, Evan Hunter—including The Blackboard Jungle (now in a fiftieth anniversary edition from Pocket Books) and Criminal Conversation. Fiddlers, his final 87th Precinct novel, was recently published in hardcover. Writing as both Ed McBain and Evan Hunter, he broke new ground with Candyland, a novel in two parts. He also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. He died in 2005. Visit EdMcBain.com.

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  • (2/5)
    Ollie is a foul-mouthed, over-bearing, obnoxious, and opinionated racist. He is also a pretty good detective, which is why people put up with him. But I found few positive aspects in this novel. The plot had possibilities and some of the humor was entertaining. But too much of the novel was just crass.
  • (3/5)
    Fat Ollie has finished his book and is planning on taking it to a publisher. He leaves it in his car while investigating a murder of a popular city councilor. Someone does a smash & grab and takes his brief case in which he has placed the novel. As a result we have Ollie searching for the man he knows stole his novel and we have Ollie and Steve Carella and the other detectives from the 87th searching for the councilor's killer. McBain has created a complicated plot that will satisfy his fans.A bonus is that we get to read Ollie's brief novel because the thief is convinced the novel is really a secret report to the police commissioner and could lead him to a large cache of drugs. As the thief reads each section and searches for the location of the drugs, we get to read the same section. Based on the his first novel, Ollie should not quit his day job.
  • (4/5)
    Perhaps not as good as some of the other 87th precinct books but a good entertaining read nevertheless