New York Times best-selling author Ed McBain is the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association's highest award. Fat Ollie, a detective of the 88th precinct, just finished his first novel about a detective not unlike himself and is on his way to the copy shop when he gets the call. Quickly arriving on the scene, he finds a well-known city councilman has been shot dead-nothing new in the big bad city. But when Ollie gets back to his car, he discovers his precious manuscript stolen. Now that's a serious problem.
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by Ed McBain
"Oliver Wendell Weeks--Fat Ollie--is a fat, pompous, bigoted detective from the 88th Precinct. Teamed up with the 87th's Steve Carella to solve the assassination of a city councilman, Fat Ollie is more concerned with getting back the manuscript of a novel that was stolen from the back of his squad car than with finding the councilman's killer. As with all of McBain's writing, FAT OLLIE'S BOOK deftly weaves multiple plot threads into a thoroughly entertaining story. Michael Arkin plays the part of Fat Ollie well, but his performance becomes grating when he forgets to tone down the husky obnoxiousness when reading other characters. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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