FFB: Nocturne by Ed McBain - In Reference to Murder

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July 06, 2018


George Kelley

I've read almost all the 87th Precinct novels (I'm saving a few because when I read the last one I'll be sad). Ed McBain maintained a high level of quality over those 50+ books!

BV Lawson

It's a great series, and very impressive - I know personally how hard it is to work to keep up a high standard of writing through a series. He had a lot of talent and persistence and attention to detail that all writers should take to heart.

Gerard Saylor

I do love those BIRDS referenced and at least one reference to how HILL STREET BLUES characters are so like the precincts occupants.

BV Lawson

Yes, another in-joke! I'm not sure how many among the viewers of the show knew that HILL STREET BLUES was inspired by McBain's 87 Precinct series. Apparently, when the author heard about the show, he wanted to sue and later said, "If it hadn't been stolen from me I would have admired it greatly."

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