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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (546 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Ron McLart Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The 87th Precinct Series Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a fast, funny read from the master.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “McBain creates wonderfully strange characters, like the transvestite hooker who latches on to Ollie’s book, and crimes that are somehow ingenious, stupid and utterly convincing.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The excerpts from Ollie’s novel will bring tears of laughter to readers’ eyes as McBain skewers the inherent conceits of the procedural genre as well as bad writers everywhere. Wonderful entertainment.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathy Spicer | 2/14/2014

    " C; just okay. Listened during a road trip with Eddie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandi | 1/22/2014

    " bon bon, McBain pokes a little fun at himself here, talking about fictional police book series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheldon Lehman | 1/18/2014

    " The author was running out of steam on this series. The books all start great, but climax a little too soon and then just fall apart at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by columbialion | 1/6/2014

    " Not one of McBain's better efforts "

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