Fat Ollie's Book

Fat Ollie's Book

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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 - gunned down by person or 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's 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...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 111 x 180 x 24mm | 198g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0752842447
  • 9780752842448

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Detective Oliver Wendell Weeks, the "equal-opportunity bigot" of the 88th Precinct who thinks of himself as "discerning," gets his own case when someone assassinates Isola City Councilman Lester Henderson as his crew's setting up a political rally inside Martin Luther King Memorial Hall. Recovering the weapon just creates a bigger problem: How could the perp have shot Henderson from stage right and then cannoned into a sozzled Vietnam vet outside stage left, dropping the gun as he ran? Apart from making a careful diagram of stage right and stage left he shares with Steve Carella and the other detectives of the 87th Precinct, where the Hendersons made their home, Fat Ollie can't be bothered with such niceties, because he's on the trail of a much more heinous crime: the theft of his just-completed police novel, Report to the Commissioner, from his locked car outside King Hall. The thief, transvestite prostitute Emilio Herrera, who's even dimmer than Ollie, thinks he's reading a real report to the commissioner by one "Olivia Wesley Watts" whose name, like all the untraceable names in the report, is obviously in code. While Carella & Co. are busy running down the Councilman's killer and Ollie and impressionable Officer Patricia Gomez are following the trail of the Report, Emilio, a.k.a. Emmy, toils to identify the principals and find the diamonds they're all seeking. A neatly turned pair of cases leavened by some obvious but very funny satire of cop novels, including McBain's own (Money, Money, Money, 2001, etc.), courtesy of some extended peeks at Ollie's opus. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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[Ed McBain] virtually invented the police procedural genre with its hero andostensible authenticity; but what counts now, after so long, is not the procedure but the style - the casual knowingness, the sardonic humour, the demotic dialogue, the quick shifts of angle ... This is McBain in relaxed mood, giving easy, immensely assured performance.'THE TABLETshow more

About Ed McBain

Ed McBain (1926--) was born Salvatore Lambino in New York. He changed his name to Evan Hunter and under that name is known as the author of The Blackboard Jungle and as the writer of the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. The 87th Precinct series numbers over fifty novels. McBain is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and is one of three American writers to be awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement.show more

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