Special Sub-Topic: The 87th Squadroom
|Which is not a section of the 87th's fictional city?|
Avonmore. McBain's Isola is obviously New York, thinly disguised.
|What happens to Special Forces decoy Eileen Burke in "Lightning" (1984)?|
She is raped. Eileen was raped by a man on a bizarre mission to impregnate as many women as possible.
|What job does Eileen take after leaving Special Forces?|
Hostage Negotiator. Eileen joins the Hostage team in 1991's "Widows".
|In which book does Carella meet Teddy, his deaf wife?|
Cop Hater. They meet while he is investigating a burglary in her workplace. "Cop Hater" (1956) was the first 87th Precinct novel.
|What is Teddy's tattoo?|
Butterfly. Teddy received her black butterfly in "The Con Man" (1957), long before tattooed ladies were common.
|Who is not a 'snitch' for the 87th?|
Danny Boy Bell. Danny Boy Bell sells information to Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder.
|Who is, through most of the series, the youngest member of the squad?|
Kling. Blond, blue-eyed Bert Kling is often described as having a 'cornfed' look. Later in the series, Genero is promoted to Detective, and he is possibly younger than Kling.
|Who is the seemingly unbeatable, recurring antagonist of the boys of the 87th?|
The Deaf Man. He uses the aliases 'L. Sordo', 'Taubman', and 'Dennis Dove'; 'el sordo', 'taube mann' and 'den dove' all mean 'Deaf Man' in Spanish, German, and Swedish, respectively.
|In which book does the recurring adversary of the 87th squad make his first appearance?|
The Heckler. "The Heckler" was published in 1960.
|Over the years, Bert Kling's personal life has had many highs and lows. What happened to Claire Townsend, his first girlfriend?|
She was murdered. Claire was killed in 1961's "Lady, Lady, I Did It".
|Who makes the coffee in the squadroom?|
Miscolo. Miscolo is always trying new ways to improve the coffee, but with little success.
|There's something unusual about "He Who Hesitates". What is it?|
It is told entirely from the criminal's point of view. The 87th's detectives play an almost peripheral role in this book from 1965.
|Who is Sam Grossman?|
He is in charge of the Police Lab. Grossman typically has a joke to tell along with his lab reports.
|What is 'the Stem'?|
A street. This is the thoroughfare of neon and honky-tonks that runs through part of the precinct.
|Which detective has twice found severed body parts in garbage cans?|
Genero. The first was in 1960's "Give the Boys a Great Big Hand", and he did it again in "Tricks" in 1987.
|Who is the ex-hooker Hal Willis becomes involved with in "Poison"?|
Marilyn Hollis. Cindy Forrest was one of Kling's girlfriends, Karin Lefkowitz was a police psychologist, and Miss O'Shaughnessy, of course, is from Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon".
|What is Augusta Blair's profession?|
Fashion model. She is kidnapped on the day of her and Bert Kling's marriage in "So Long as You Both Shall Live".
|Which detective is considered a 'jinxed cop'?|
Bob O'Brien. O'Brien was involved in an unusual amount of gunplay.
|Who are Monoghan and Munroe?|
Detectives from Homicide. M and M typically show up at the homicide scene, crack a few jokes, and are never heard from again.
|Which less-than-shining detective is often referred to as a 'slob'?|
Andy Parker. Although Weeks might also be considered a slob (among other things), he's a very good detective.
Ed McBain aka Evan Hunter aka Salvatore Lombino, died July 6, 2005. He will be sorely missed.
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