The ''87th Precinct'' series is a LongRunningBookSeries in the PoliceProcedural genre, written by Ed [=McBain=] (the crime-fiction writing pseudonym of Creator/EvanHunter). It features a revolving cast of police officers from the eponymous precinct, located in [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed an unnamed city that isn't exactly New York]].

There have been several screen adaptations, including the feature films ''Cop Hater'' (1958), ''The Mugger'' (1958), ''The Pusher'' (1960), and ''Fuzz'' (1972); a short-lived weekly series, ''87th Precinct'' (1961-62); and three {{Made for TV Movie}}s, ''Lightning'' (1995), ''Ice'' (1996), and ''Heatwave'' (1997). Most famously, ''King's Ransom'' was adapted into the Japanese film ''Film/HighAndLow'' (1963) by Creator/AkiraKurosawa. ''So Long As You Both Shall Live'' and ''Jigsaw'' were also adapted for ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' (as "No Time To Die" and "Undercover" respectively, with Arthur Brown joining Columbo in the latter).

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ArchEnemy: The Deaf Man
* AssholeVictim: the victims in ''Fiddlers'' become less sympathetic when you discover just what rotten people they were, and [[spoiler:what they did to Charlie to make him so deranged.]] Michelle, the main victim in ''Romance'', is a whiny, spoiled diva who gets her boyfriend / agent to stab her for attention [[spoiler:and is later stabbed for real]].
* BadAss: Steve Carella, Hal Willis, Cotton Hawes. Lt. Byrnes, Meyer, and Kling have their moments too.
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler:Carella]] is kidnapped, chained to a radiator and injected with heroin in ''Doll''.
* BerserkButton: Emma is Brother Anthony's in ''Ice''. [[spoiler: And vice versa, as the novel's killer ultimately finds out when he murders Anthony...]]
** Don't even think about insulting or mistreating Teddy Carella. Steve will tear you a new one.
** As a father of a teenage daughter, Meyer absolutely hates paedophiles and has to be cautioned by Carella in ''Lullaby'' when dealing with [[spoiler: the father of the murdered baby, who was having an affair with the other murder victim - the 15 year old sitter.]]
** And in ''Lady, Lady, I Did It!'', when Carella, Brown and Kling go to arrest the killer, [[spoiler: Kling loses all control and beats him half to death, because one of his victims was [[RecurringCharacter Kling's girlfriend Claire Townsend]].]]
** In ''Killer's Choice'', the normally patient Meyer loses it when the owner of the liquor stone Annie Stone was shot dead in is visibly more concerned about the four thousand dollars' worth of booze that was destroyed in the process.
* BestServedCold: The main plot in ''Ten Plus One'' and ''Fiddlers''. [[spoiler:In the former, the killer is targeting people who were in a play with his wife at university, and who participated in an orgy-turned-gang rape during the aftershow which left her infertile. In the latter, the killer is targeting people who screwed him over in some way, from his own mother - who abandoned him and his brother - to a teacher who refused to give him an A and made fun of him.]]
* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: Kling's relationship with Sharyn Cooke has some of this.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: The Deaf Man (although it's unknown whether it's his natural hair color).
* BrickJoke: Meyer's long, wonderfully orchestrated story about cat thief in ''The Mugger''.
* BrokenBird: Eileen Burke, so very much. [[spoiler: She becomes a cop after her father and uncle, both policemen, are murdered, and dreams of avenging her uncle's death. She is raped and slashed in one book and suffers PTSD as a result, and it gets worse after the events of ''Tricks'', when she shoots a man who was killing and mutilating prostitutes, after he tried to kill her.]]
* TheChessmaster: The Deaf Man
* ChristmasEpisode: ''The Pusher'', ''Sadie When She Died'', ''Ghosts'', ''Money Money Money''
** Then there's ''And All Through the House'', which is actually [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent an illustrated short story]].
* ComicBookTime
* ContinuityNod: Later books in the series frequently reference events or characters from earlier ones.
* CopKiller: In ''Cop Hater'', the first novel, a murderer kills three policemen; [[spoiler:as it turns out at the end, [[SerialKillingsSpecificTarget the third was the true target]], and he only killed the first two to mislead the police into thinking that he's a SerialKiller who targets cops.]]
* CriminalMindGames
* CrossOver: One of [=McBain=]'s Matthew Hope novels, ''The Last Best Hope'', has that character teaming with Steve Carella on a case.
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Fat Ollie's Book''
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler:Frankie Hernandez]] in ''See Them Die''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Meyer, often.
* DetectivePatsy: Happens to unexperienced patrolman Bert Kling in ''The Mugger''. Bert gets a promotion to Detective after that.
* DisabledLoveInterest: Theodora "Teddy" Carella, a deaf mute.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The officers on duty in ''Ten Plus One'' when a hot blonde actress - and potential victim of the book's villain, a sniper - arrives at the station. [[spoiler: She does not get killed, by the way.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Deaf Man at his introduction in ''The Heckler'' wins a poker match by calculating hand probabilities.
* EverybodyLives: [[spoiler: ''King's Ransom'']]
* FairCop: Bert Kling, Eileen Burke, Annie Rawles
** Sharyn Cooke is both this and a HospitalHottie, being Deputy Chief Surgeon for the department.
* FatalMethodActing: ''Eighty Million Eyes''
* FatBastard: 88th Precinct detective Fat Ollie Weeks, and police informer Fats Donner. The former is a bigot, the latter a pedophile.
* FieryRedhead: Eileen Burke
* HalloweenEpisode: ''Tricks''. There's even a group of [[spoiler:circus midgets]] who yell 'trick or treat!' before shooting people.
* HappilyMarried: Steve and Teddy Carella, Meyer and Sarah Meyer.
* HauntedHouse: ''Ghosts''
* HeatWave: ''Cop Hater'', ''Heat''
* HollywoodSatanism: ''Vespers''
* HowUnscientific: ''Ghosts''
* InsistsOnPaying: Steve Carella (and, by extension, every honest cop).
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler: Unsuccessfully interrupted in ''Like Love''.]]
* JerkAss: Andy Parker
* KarmaHoudini: The murderer in [[spoiler: ''He Who Hesitates'']].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Roger Havilland in ''Killer's Choice'', Frankie Hernandez in ''See Them Die'', Claire Townsend in ''Lady, Lady, I Did It!'']].
* {{Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard}}
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The entire roster of the 87th (up to that time) only appears in one book - the appropriately named ''Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here''.
* LockedRoomMystery: A fairly realistic version in ''Killer's Wedge''.
* LowerDeckEpisode
* {{Meganekko}}: Annie Rawles
* NewYearHasCome: ''Lullaby''
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Fat Ollie Weeks
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed
* NoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Pepe Miranda]]'s death in ''See Them Die''. First, he is shot repeatedly by the ''army'' of cops. Then Andy Parker empties his gun into him. And then, Parker grabs another gun and shoots [[spoiler:Miranda]] in the head. Twice.
* NonSequitur: Meyer often blurts his (unrelated to the topic at hand) thoughts out loud, confusing the others.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: some of the most mild and harmless-seeming people turn out to be killers, such as [[spoiler:Timothy Moore, the victim's medical student boyfriend in ''Ice''.]]
* MeaningfulName: Usually averted, but played straight with Don King from ''King's Ransom''.
* OneWordTitle: Many of the books, particularly in the '80s and '90s.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Deaf Man
* PluckyComicRelief: Richard Genero.
* PointyHairedBoss: Captain Frick. The best thing that could be said about his leadership is that he realises his own incompetence and most of the time just don't do anything.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Fat Ollie Weeks.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man''
* RapeAsDrama: Eileen Burke. In ''Lullaby'', she goes into therapy after the events of ''Tricks'' (see BrokenBird above).
* RecurringCharacter
* RepetitiveName: Meyer Meyer.
* ScaryBlackMan: Arthur Brown, and he's more than happy to play on white people's prejudices (see ''Jigsaw'' for an excellent example). Unfortunately, some white suspects have a tendency to talk to the white cop who's interviewing them (usually Kling) and ignore Brown completely.
* SelfDeprecation: Both Meyer Meyer and The Deaf Man admit to hating Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''The Birds'', the screenplay for which was written by... EvanHunter.
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: [[spoiler:''Cop Hater'']] and [[spoiler:''Long Time, No See'']]
* SkunkStripe: Detective Cotton Hawes has a white streak in his otherwise red hair as a result of his hair growing back over a knife scar.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Andy Parker for Roger Havilland. After Havilland's death, Parker fills the role of a large, brutal, racist jerkass cop. Even his backstory is similar to Havilland's.
* SympatheticMurderer: Several, for example [[spoiler: Charles Tudor ]] from ''Give the Boys a Great Big Hand''. Both Carella and Meyer feels sympathy for him for being such a LoveMartyr.
* ThemedAliases: The Deaf Man always uses aliases that are some sort of play on words on 'deaf' in a variety of languages.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign
* ThoseTwoGuys: The buffoonish and arrogant homicide detectives Monoghan and Monroe.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Frequently.
* UnintentionallyNotoriousCrime: In ''Lady, Lady, I Did It'', a shooter opens fire in a store and guns down four people. One of them happens to be Detective Bert Kling's fiancee, thereby guaranteeing that the crime has the attention of every cop in the city.
* VillainEpisode: [[spoiler: ''He Who Hesitates'']].
* TheVillainMakesThePlot: When the Deaf Man is involved.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: There would have been a final novel called ''Vespers'', intended to be published after the demise of [=McBain=].
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield / NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The series takes place in "Isola", a borough or district of an unnamed city in an unnamed East Coast state. As mentioned above, it's clearly meant to be a stand-in for NYC (which nonetheless exists as a separate location in the series' universe).
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