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

Ed McBain/Evan Hunter has become best known for his bestselling 87th precinct series.

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


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The disreputable, bigoted, dirty-mouthed but oddly likable Ollie Weeks, a walk-on in Ed McBain's popular 87th Precinct series, gets a book of his own here: not just the mystery of who killed a popular mayoral candidate a few days before the election, but the one Ollie, improbably, is writing. Pity the schmuck who lifts Ollie's only copy of his manuscript from his car--not only is its author in desperate need of what he's sure will be his ticket to fame and fortune, but the befuddled miscreant somehow believes that the caper recounted in Ollie's book is a real one, and that he's in possession of a blueprint for the crime that will allow him to cash in on it. This is a fast, funny read from the master--like a valentine to his fans while they wait for his next big one. --Jane Adams




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"It's alright", June 28, 2003 Reviewer: laurence D. Sears from El Paso, Texas USA Summer is when I get caught up on mystery/detective/crime novels on my list.. I have the time and the inclination then. Ed McBain usually has one novel on that list every summer. This one isn't bad--it just doesn't end up doing very much. It may strike McBain as interesting to base a whole novel around the weeknesses and prejudices of Fat Ollie Weeks. But seeing the world through his eyes is not a very pleasant journey. Even as a minor character he had little to offer except for his consumption of food and his prejudicial thoughts. In this novel he has a bag with his own police novel in progress stolen This comes very early in the novel--thus the title--and I, for one, didn't care about his novel and had little or no sympathy for his loss. There is a murder at the center of the book--but it's resolution is bland and dull. The novel does allow the reader to keep up with his/her " friends" at the 87th. But, all in all, I could have spent my time better--maybe a second Bartholomew Gill would have been better after all.

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