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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (548 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ed McBain Narrator: Michael Arkin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “ [A] howlingly funny send-up.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wry humor, sly asides, and lagh-out-loud lines mix with solid police work…The prose…leaps off the page.” 

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “McBain give[s] new meaning to deadpan humor…There’s plenty of grit as well as wit.” 


  • “Wonderful entertainment.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meredith | 2/11/2014

    " A little variation from the usual Ed McBain police procedural - a novel within a novel. I skipped Fat Ollie's novel, but enjoyed, as usual, the good characterizations in the 87th Precinct series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pete | 1/22/2014

    " So clever and funny, the situations and thoughts of characters... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheldon Lehman | 1/22/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Barbara | 1/18/2014

    " Way too politically incorrect for me to consider it funny. "

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