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Ed McBain
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6 Jan 2003
Irritating though he was, Lester Henderson had it all when he strode up to rehearse his keynote address in the darkness of a downtown theatre. Widely tipped to be the next mayor and possessing a nice line in catalogue-casual daywear, Henderson stood four-square facing his glorious future. But five shots later and his lifeblood was seeping away. He had been gunned down by persons unknown from stage-right... At that point he became Ollie Weeks' problem. But this savage crime is suddenly overshadowed by a deed even more repugnant. Ollie's life work is his novel. Honed by countless rejection letters, it is finally ready to be released to the general populace. But then the one and only manuscript disappears, leaving Ollie to head off in pursuit of the thief. A thief who is convinced that Ollie's work contains the secret location of a hoard of hidden diamonds...

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  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (6 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752856359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752856353
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,167,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed McBain was one of the many pen names of the successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter (1926 - 2005). Born Salvatore Lambino in New York, McBain served aboard a destroyer in the US Navy during World War II and then earned a degree from Hunter College in English and Psychology. After a short stint teaching in a high school, McBain went to work for a literary agency in New York, working with authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and P.G. Wodehouse all the while working on his own writing on nights and weekends. He had his first breakthrough in 1954 with the novel The Blackboard Jungle, which was published under his newly legal name Evan Hunter and based on his time teaching in the Bronx.

Perhaps his most popular work, the 87th Precinct series (released mainly under the name Ed McBain) is one of the longest running crime series ever published, debuting in 1956 with Cop Hater and featuring over fifty novels. The series is set in a fictional locale called Isola and features a wide cast of detectives including the prevalent Detective Steve Carella.

McBain was also known as a screenwriter. Most famously he adapted a short story from Daphne Du Maurier into the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). In addition to writing for the silver screen, he wrote for many television series, including Columbo and the NBC series 87th Precinct (1961-1962), based on his popular novels.

McBain was awarded the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 1986 by the Mystery Writers of America and was the first American to receive the Cartier Diamond Dagger award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. He passed away in 2005 in his home in Connecticut after a battle with larynx cancer.

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NATIONAL PRESS 'Simple, clever and very funny.' ****THE MIRROR 'The fact that his novels, like this one, are intricately plotted and beautifully structured demonstrate his mastery of the crime form... That a book so late in a series can be so light and lively is a tribute to McBain's skills... Fat Ollie's Book demonstrates, once again, that he is himself a consummate professional'THE OBSERVER 'As usual with McBain, the plots are complicated, the dialogue fast and funny, and the entertainment value immense.'DAILY MAIL 'There is nothing and no one around guaranteed to give the same sharp excitements, the same steady delight'LITERARY REVIEW ''The plot is adroitly conceived, the writing as pacy as ever, and the characterisation as finely honed.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE THE OBSERVER - major review by Peter GuttridgeDAILY MAIL - reviewTHE GUARDIAN - major review by Mark LawsonTHE MIRROR - reviewSUNDAY TELEGRAPH - review by Susanna YagerHELLO - reviewFOCUS - reviewCRIME TIME - reviewJACK - reviewBOOKS - reviewGOOD BOOK GUIDE - reviewTHE OLDIE - review REGIONAL PRESS REVIEWS: YORKSHIRE EVENING POSTEASTERN DAILY PRESSSOUTH BUCKS BURNHAM & IVOR EXPRESSSUNDAY MERCURY (BIRMINHAM)HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINERBIRMINGHAM POSTTHE SCOTSMAN 'The outcome is clever, but the greatest pleasure is the skill of the narrativeMORNING STAR - Mat CowardHAM & HIGHWOOD & VALEDRIFFIELD POST w

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Another 87th precinct novel from 'the undisputed master - and there's nobody who does it better' DAILY MIRROR --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as usual and funnier than most. 15 Nov 2004
Those who pull an Ed McBain book off the shelf, or take one to the check out, are unlikely to be disappointed. This 2002 offering is as good as they usually are and funnier than most. Occupying most space, in terms of physical bulk and narrative focus, is Oliver Wendell Weeks, a cop otherwise known as Fat Ollie. Affecting a style of delivery modelled on that of W C Fields (who remembers him?), and able to boast that his music teacher successfully taught him the first three notes of "Night and Day", Fat Ollie has further displayed his talents by writing a police procedural novel. Unfortunately for him it is stolen, but fortunately for us its full text is interlaced with everything else that unfolds in this rich McBain extravaganza. Thrown in also are comments about Internet sites like this one, and those who read and write reviews thereon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another one 26 Nov 2003
Fat Ollie Weeks is back and ready for fame and fortune. He`s just finished his first novel but whilst investigating a murder it tragically gets stolen, it must be found.
Those of you after a deep and complex crime thriller should look elsewhere, this one goes more for humour and development of Fat Ollies character, hopefully using him more in books to follow. Fat Ollie represents a good foil for the laid back family man steve carrella, one quiet and professional the other loud, brash and not averse to the odd bribe. I dont think I`ve ever laughed so often when reading a book but don`t worry the humour doesn`t detract from a rather good crime thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as Ever 22 May 2009
This book successfully combines humour and suspense, and inter-twines the two plots (Weeks and Carella) in a way that takes us on a journey that is as humorous as it is intriguing. The contrast between the two central 'cop' characters is also entertaining - Carella the quiet, professional family man, and Weeks, the short tempered, foul-mouthed racist. (By the way, I suspect that the one star review on here owes more to disagreement with Weeks' racist attitude than it does to literary criticism. Its FICTION for goodness sake - you don't need to take issue with one of the characters...)
As usual, McBain's punchy style and well-characterised plot moves us on in true 'page-turner' fashion. A very good, undemanding read, which keeps us guessing and laughing in equal measure. well up to the very high standard I've come to expect from this iconic crime writer.
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87th Precinct series are all so well written that a fan of the genre like myself has to slowly acquire all of them. I have read over 10 so far and the standard of writing and the quality has been consistantly excellent.
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