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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    • Rumpelstiltskin

    • Matthew Hope, Book 2
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    After an aging rock starlet is murdered and her daughter kidnapped, Matthew Hope must find out who’s come to collect on the woman’s former good fortune....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Mugger

    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 97

    A beat cop winds up on the trail of a deadly mugger, but when it suddenly gets personal, his own life might be the next thing to be snatched….

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • 50's Cop Series

    • By Aaron on 11-30-14

    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 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    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

    • 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 329
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 291
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 290

    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

    • Hark!

    • A Novel of the 87th Precinct
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Michael Arkin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Ed McBain brings his most intelligent and devious criminal back to the 87th Precinct with a richly plotted and literary crime....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ed McBain Rocks!!!

    • By Romantic at <3 on 10-25-17

    Regular price: $15.07

    • 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 48
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    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

    • Heat

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 35
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    During a sweltering heat wave, Detectives Carella and Kling try to make sense of an artist who turned off his air conditioning to commit suicide - but Kling has an even deadlier problem on his hands....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 87th precinct murder or suicide?

    • By paul a reece on 07-10-18
    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 35
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Series: 87th Precinct, Book 35
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 09-25-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 24 ratings

    Regular price: $13.99

    • 'Til Death

    • An 87th Precinct Novel, Book 9
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Detective Steve Carella’s sister is getting married but someone wants the groom dead, and Steve has just a few hours to locate the killer before his sister becomes a bride — and a widow — on the same day....

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Eight Black Horses

    • 87th Precinct Series
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Finding a dead body was not unusual for an autumn night in the 87th Precinct. But this young woman's body was naked....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not worth it

    • By tamara Stauss on 05-11-16

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Eighty Million Eyes

    • An 87th Precinct Novel
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    A comedian dies on national television in front of 40 million viewers, and the detectives of the 87th Precinct must solve the puzzle of how he made someone mad enough to murder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As always

    • By Kindle Customer on 03-07-16

    Regular price: $13.99

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