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And All Through The House (87th Precinct #46)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  253 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Here is an irresistibly charming tale, beautifully packaged in a small, illustrated and slipcased gift book. 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 ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published December 31st 1994 by Warner Books (NY) (first published January 1st 1984)
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James Thane
The late Ed McBain is best remembered for his novels of the 87th Precinct, which ultimately stretched to fifty-four books. Additionally, McBain wrote an 87th Precinct short story called "And All Through the House: Christmas Eve At the 87th Precinct," which was first published in Playboy in December, 1984. Ten years later, Warner books reprinted the story in a small hardback edition with illustrations. Several sources list it as the 46th book in the series based on its publication in book form, a ...more
David Highton
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
#46 of the 87th Precinct, a charming short story of Christmas Eve - written in 1984 but not published in book form until 1994, so I have read it nearer to chronological order
Aileen Bernadette Urquhart
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Great little book. I must have read in in fifteen minutes. As you can guess, it's Christmas Eve in the Precinct. It probably won't be much of a spoiler to say that there is a sheep in it, and gold and frankincense.
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
short christmas story, very mcbain. love it
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The setting of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series becomes an ersatz Nativity scence complete with a sheep, criminals, hardened detectives and a birth. It's a 30 page or so read that has great illustrations, but a very predictable outcome.
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, police
Christmas Eve - 87th Precinct style. A nice, somewhat sweet (within the confines of a police procedural mystery series) short story. It's Christmas Eve at the precinct nearing shift change (11:30pm-midnight), so we've got the second shift cops on hand with the third shift coming in; several low-end criminals are brought in, put into the holding pen and add their comments about the goings on. A homeless couple found squatting in an empty warehouse is brought in and the woman is very pregnant. As ...more
Sheldon Lehman
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very, very funny! However, you should read several other books in the series first (I started at the very beginning and have read them all up to the publication date of this one) or you won't understand the characters personalities. It's a very small book, like the size of a small child's book, and there isn't the explanation of the characters like in McBain's other books. However, if you HAVE read some of the 87th precinct series, you will be very amused by this book. It takes place over a shor ...more
S. Wilson
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Nativity as only the boys from the 87th could pull off, And All Through the House manages to celebrate the birth of Christ with a crime-oriented yuletide tale that almost rivals the Dragnet Christmas episode with the stolen Baby Jesus. Everyone is on hand for this bull-pen nativity, including the expecting couple for whom there was no room at the inn, three not-so-wise men, and a stolen sheep. Merry Christmas.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Lovely little book I bought basically for a song and just because I loved the slipcase edition. Never heard about the author or the very successful crime series of 87 precinct.
It's a simple little Bethlehem story prettily put together character by character, doesn't want to encompass all the universal truths, just wants to portray the ordinary feeling of Christmas is people, which it does beautifully.
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
#46 in the 87th Precinct Mystery series.

An 87th Precinct mystery - 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!
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"Ed McBain" is one of the pen names of American author and screenwriter Salvatore Albert Lombino (1926 – 2005), who legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.

He also used the pen names John Abbott, Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, Ezra Hannon, Dean Hu
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