Ed McBain
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Ed McBain

Ed McBain was one of the many pen names of the successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter (1926 - 2005). Born Salvatore Lambino in New York, McBain served aboard a destroyer in the US Navy during World War II and then earned a degree from Hunter College in English and Psychology. After a short stint teaching in a high school, McBain went to work for a literary agency in New York, working with authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and P.G. Wodehouse all the while working on his own writing on nights and weekends. He had his first breakthrough in 1954 with the novel The Blackboard Jungle, which was published under his newly legal name Evan Hunter and based on his time teaching in the Bronx.

Perhaps his most popular work, the 87th Precinct series (released mainly under the name Ed McBain) is one of the longest running crime series ever published, debuting in 1956 with Cop Hater and featuring over fifty novels. The series is set in a fictional locale called Isola and features a wide cast of detectives including the prevalent Detective Steve Carella.

McBain was also known as a screenwriter. Most famously he adapted a short story from Daphne Du Maurier into the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). In addition to writing for the silver screen, he wrote for many television series, including Columbo and the NBC series 87th Precinct (1961-1962), based on his popular novels.

McBain was awarded the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 1986 by the Mystery Writers of America and was the first American to receive the Cartier Diamond Dagger award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. He passed away in 2005 in his home in Connecticut after a battle with larynx cancer.

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    • The Empty Hours

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 15
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    These three nerve-racking stories from best-selling author Ed McBain put detectives from the 87th Precinct on the trail of different killers who take the lives of a rich woman, a rabbi, and a ski instructor....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great all the way around

    • By Richard Anthony on 12-28-17

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Sadie When She Died

    • 87th Precinct, Book 26
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Christmas is coming. But erudite attorney Gerry Fletcher got his present early: His wife’s body with a knife buried in it....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ed McBain is a master, and I thought Dick Hill was too...

    • By Adam Berger on 09-01-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • So Long As You Both Shall Live

    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    When Detective Kling’s blushing bride is nabbed from their honeymoon suite, the men of the 87th Precinct are out to help one of their own....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So Long as You Booth Shall Live

    • By malles on 05-04-16

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Three Blind Mice

    • Matthew Hope, Book 9
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    When three immigrants are found dead in a grisly tableau, a Florida attorney defends the man who insists he’s innocent...though he’s thrilled to see the trio slaughtered....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting

    • By Berta Finley on 07-19-17

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Cop Hater

    • 87th Precinct Series, Book 1
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 294

    When a sniper begins gunning down cops from the 87th Precinct in cold blood, it’s up to Detective Steve Carella to solve the case....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 1950's Noir...

    • By PAR-TEE on 07-06-13

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Heckler

    • 87th Precinct, Book 12
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    With crooks to cuff and pimps to put behind bars, detectives Carella and Meyer of the 87th Precinct simply don’t have the time or patience to deal with a prank caller....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a great series and just gets better

    • By pratalife on 05-29-15

    Regular price: $6.99

    • He Who Hesitates

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 19
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    A craftsman visiting the city struggles to contact the 87th Precinct with details of a former lover’s sudden death when there’s another beauty distracting him....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The House that Jack Built

    • Matthew Hope, Book 8
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    One brother lies dead while another brother sits in jail, accused of the murder. Only attorney Matthew Hope believes in his innocence - and he’ll have to rely on faith over facts to prove it.....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Tricks

    • 87th Precinct, Book 40
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Everyone in the 87th Precinct gets in on the act in Tricks. This audiobook from Ed McBain is a multicrime Halloween story....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • awful performance

    • By John on 08-18-14

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 25
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    At midnight, one day dies as another comes to life. For the men of the 87th Precinct, they all bleed together in a never-ending cycle of crime and punishment....

    Regular price: $13.99

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