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Thursday, December 23, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE!

ED MCBAIN

CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE 87TH PRECINT

While Ed McBain’s 87th Precint novels can hardly be deemed forgotten, this 87th Precinct novella’s (40 pages) place in the canon can be overlooked.

Originall published in Playboy and then later by Warner books in November 1994, the usual gang of detectives are all on hand to bring their special humor and shenanegans to the Christmas season, with the entire story taking place in the squadroom on Christmas Eve. The writing is conversational yet always electric and always Ed McBain – making the turning the absurd to serious and back to absurd again in turn.

AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE

All's quiet at the 87th Precinct on Christmas Eve . . . until Steve Carella's fellow detectives appear with a kid who's stolen a sheep, a robber with a bagful of gold, two guys fighting over a sack of frankincense, and a young couple who give birth to a baby boy at midnight behind the filing cabinets!

In essence a short story with numerous illustrations by Victor Juhasz, the first edition came packaged in an attractive slipcover. The perfect book to cozy up with by the fire on a long winter’s night!

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