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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: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342934
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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!

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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.” 

    People

  • “Wonderful entertainment.” 

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Barbara | 1/18/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milly Dunaway | 1/16/2014

    " This book is part of Ed McBain's popular 87th Precinct series. This particular book focuses on one of his characaters Ollie Weeks a disreputable, bigoted, dirty-mouthed cop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 1/6/2014

    " Fat Ollie has written a novel loosely based on himself. When it is stolen from his car, he helps Carella and Kling investigate the murder of a councilman. Along the way he regains his dedication to police work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 11/18/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sbugsy | 8/30/2013

    " Well..I had to stop listening after the 1st disc. they could have gotten through that in 10 words versus 1 disc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grey853 | 6/24/2013

    " As much as I like the 87th Precinct series and Steve Carella, I don't like a book that centered around Fat Ollie. He's a bigot and not a very good detective. It's difficult to have any sympathy for a guy like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Davis | 3/8/2013

    " Ed McBain was the father of the police procedural Mystery and in Fat Ollie's Book he has his most offensive slob of a character write the worst police procedural novel imaginable. it is about as close to meta-fiction as you will find in a crime novel. Also a city councilman gets shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 2/14/2013

    " Fat Ollie fancies himself a writer along the lines of Joseph Wambaugh. When hiss "book" is stolen, he turns the city upside down looking for it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 2/8/2013

    " Put this in "tried to read". It was mentioned in a book on detective fiction some borrowed a copy. Not for me. I've never finished an 87th precinct book. Something about the characters, language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 10/23/2012

    " Not my favorite, but my husband liked it. Features Fat Ollie, a detective from an adjoining precinct of the 87th. Ollie is about as politically incorrect as a person can get and still preform his duties and not get sued. This book develops his character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gay | 8/4/2012

    " I like Ed McBain. This is good. Not one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 3/15/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/20/2012

    " Fat Ollie Weeks is one of those characters that makes you cringe even though he is only in a book. He has little redeeming value at all but life wouldn't be as interesting without him...right? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 columbialion | 1/17/2012

    " Not one of McBain's better efforts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/27/2011

    " Inept cop writes a novel, leaves manuscript on the back seat of the car and it's stolen. Carella helps solve the real crime and lets Fat Ollie take credit. Lots of fun farce in this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 11/22/2011

    " Not McBain's best work. Story within a story - lame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy DeMoville | 7/31/2011

    " 1st book read by this author.. not that good ...he jumped around a lot..kinda hard to follow.. Borrowed from Janice - she says good author...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheldon | 3/11/2011

    " 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 Sbugsy | 7/14/2010

    " Well..I had to stop listening after the 1st disc. they could have gotten through that in 10 words versus 1 disc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 columbialion | 7/13/2010

    " Not one of McBain's better efforts "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 6/23/2010

    " Inept cop writes a novel, leaves manuscript on the back seat of the car and it's stolen. Carella helps solve the real crime and lets Fat Ollie take credit. Lots of fun farce in this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 4/27/2010

    " Not McBain's best work. Story within a story - lame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 3/17/2010

    " 1st book read by this author.. not that good ...he jumped around a lot..kinda hard to follow.. Borrowed from Janice - she says good author...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 3/6/2010

    " 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 Kim | 8/9/2009

    " Fat Ollie Weeks is one of those characters that makes you cringe even though he is only in a book. He has little redeeming value at all but life wouldn't be as interesting without him...right? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 7/23/2009

    " Fat Ollie fancies himself a writer along the lines of Joseph Wambaugh. When hiss "book" is stolen, he turns the city upside down looking for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 2/17/2009

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gay | 9/5/2008

    " I like Ed McBain. This is good. Not one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 7/7/2008

    " Not my favorite, but my husband liked it. Features Fat Ollie, a detective from an adjoining precinct of the 87th. Ollie is about as politically incorrect as a person can get and still preform his duties and not get sued. This book develops his character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete | 5/31/2008

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

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