November 21, 1967. So, who are the most famous authors to ever create novelizations of TV shows? Thomas M. Disch did The Prisoner. Max Allan Collins has done well with CSI.
But who would have guessed that Jim Thompson, master of mad lawmen and noir endings, would have written a novelization of Ironside, the show about a disabled police detective?
He did, though, and it was published on this date. I read it at the time and remember two things about it: that the narrator spent some time in the killer's head (a very Thompsonian touch) and there was a very sexy shower scene. Neither of these innovations was likely to make it onto NBC prime time.