1/19/2003 
BOOKLIST REVIEW ON "OLLIE" 
"This is the 50-plus entry for the 87th Precinct crew, and none has been funnier." 
From Booklist
City councilman Lester Henderson is dead. He was
shot at a rehearsal for a speech in which it was
assumed he would officially announce his candidacy
for mayor. Fat Ollie Weeks, whose success as a
homicide detective has been built on the
"better-lucky-than-good" premise, catches the
emergency call. Ollie blunders his way through
preliminary crime-scene questioning, antagonizing
witnesses, potential suspects, and his fellow officers
with his standard combination of bigotry, presumption,
and arrogance. But even as he turns the investigation
over to the evidence technicians, his focus shifts. The
only copy of his beloved manuscript, a police
procedural called Report to the Commissioner, is
missing. Ollie unofficially abdicates his responsibilities
in the Henderson murder so he can concentrate on the
recovery of his manuscript. Meanwhile, the junkie who
stole it thinks it's a real police report that details an
upcoming drug deal, and he begins to plan a rip-off.
This is the 50-plus entry for the 87th Precinct crew, and
none has been funnier. The excerpts from Ollie's novel
will bring tears of laughter to readers' eyes as McBain
skewers the inherent conceits of the procedural genre
as well as bad writers everywhere. Wonderful
entertainment.
Wes Lukowsky
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