Ed McBain - Author

About the Author

Ed McBain was born in New York City. Married Anita Melnick, 1949 (divorced), 3 children (Ted, Mark, Richard); married Mary Vann Finley, 1973 (divorced), 1 stepdaughter (Amanda); married Dragica Dimitrijevic, 1997.

During World War II he served in the US Navy, and then took a university degree, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. A few months of teaching in high school were followed by a job in a literary agency in New York. He describes himself at this time as "fiercely ambitious", doing a full day’s work in the agency and spending all his nights and weekends writing. His first success, published under the name Evan Hunter, was THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1954) — a tough novel of New York life, about an idealistic teacher in a slum high school. It was later made into a film with Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier.

Since then he has written more than eighty novels, writing under several names, but most famously as Evan Hunter and Ed McBain. He has also written many screenplays, including the one for Hitchcock’s film THE BIRDS. As Ed McBain, he is the author of the 87th Precinct novels, the longest, the most varied, and possibly the most popular crime series in the world. These novels are about a team of policemen, usually including Detective Steve Carella, and are set in an "imaginary city". There are fifty-two 87th Precinct novels to date. The two most recent titles are THE LAST DANCE and MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.


AWARDS:
Mystery Writers of America Award, 1957, for short story THE LAST SPIN. Grand Master Award, Mystery Writers of America, 1986, for lifetime achievement. First American to receive the British Crime writer’s Association Cartier Diamond Dagger, 1998. Frankfurt Origial e-Book Award, best fiction, 2002.

Featured books by Ed McBain

Other books by Ed McBain

Criminal Conversation

Criminal Conversation

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

The call comes from Narcotics, Manhattan South. A low-level drug dealer just got caught in a buy-bust, and he's ready to spill his guts. It wouldn't be a priority-especially not four days before Christmas-but the thug just mentioned the Mafia, and that means all hands on deck. It's just what Michael Welles has been waiting for. An assistant district attorney with a burning hatred of organized crime, he'll do anything for a crack at the mob. He's about to get a chance to bring down the whole clan-but his loved ones' lives are at stake. The dealer they arrested is an unlucky gambler whose debts put him smack in the middle of two of New York's most powerful crime families. Following the man's lead, Michael sets up a massive eavesdropping operation intended to trap the ruthless new leader of the local mob-but what he hears on the other end of the wiretap will make him doubt everything he knows about his family, his wife, and himself. From the legendary Ed McBain, who "e;virtually invented the American police procedural with his gritty 87th Precinct series,"e; Criminal Conversation is as realistic as it gets (The New York Times).

I Like 'Em Tough

I Like 'Em Tough

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Private detective Curt Cannon has lost his wife, his license, and his will to live, and now all he wants is to crawl into the bottom of a bottle and wait to die. He's in the middle of a bender when Peter D'Allessio finds him and begs him to help get his addict son off the needle. Unwilling to be distracted from his own self-loathing, Curt tells Peter off. Dejected, the little old man is stepping out the doorway when two bullets tear through the air, leaving him dead on the floor of a fetid dive. Curt wants nothing to do with this rotten case, but the mystery has him by the throat and won't let go. To bring the dead man justice, he'll have to climb out of the gutter and remember what it means to be a detective. The story that introduced Curt Cannon, "e;Die Hard"e; is as gritty as mysteries come. Along with the five other stories in this remarkable collection, it's a testament to the limitless talent of Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Ed McBain.

Matter of Conviction

Matter of Conviction

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

After an intense heat wave, storms threaten to blanket New York City, and three boys walk across town with knives in their pockets and murder on their minds. They're tough kids in combat boots, crossing into Spanish Harlem to pick a fight. And when they see one of their intended victims, they surround him, draw their knives, and plunge their weapons into the poor boy's gut. The attackers flee, and blood pours down the victim's lifeless body, mingling with the sudden rain. But despite the showers, nothing will be able to extinguish the full-blown panic that threatens to set the city aflame. Prosecuting the case falls to Hank Bell, a Harlem-born district attorney with a solemn sense of civic duty. As the case threatens to unravel, Hank will be the only thing that stands between his city and blood-spattered anarchy. The inspiration for John Frankenheimer's classic film The Young Savages, this is a hard-eyed look at a city on the edge of chaos, written by a man who understood urban crime better than anyone else: legendary crime writer Ed McBain.

Even the Wicked

Even the Wicked

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

For the first time since their daughter was born, Zachary and Mary Blake are taking a trip alone, calling it it their second honeymoon. After months of vicious infighting at his broadcasting job, Zach is looking forward to a relaxing vacation on Martha's Vineyard, a paradise untouched by time. But the respite won't last for long. When Mary's body is discovered, the coroner deems it accidental drowning, but Zach can't accept that. One year later, he returns to the island to find proof that his wife was murdered. He has a letter from a resident claiming to know the true story of Mary's death, but when he goes to meet his correspondent, she's been gruesomely murdered. With his nine-year-old daughter, Penny, by his side, Zach begins asking dangerous questions. Unhinged by grief, he'll do anything to find out what really happened, but every move he makes puts Penny's life in greater danger. A hard-driving suspense story, Even the Wicked is a classic crime novel. Written by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Ed McBain, it explores the terrifying truths lurking in the shadows of a small, sleepy town.

Every Little Crook and Nanny

Every Little Crook and Nanny

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Her name is Nanny, and she's the most cutthroat woman in New York. Prim, slender, and dangerously English, she's responsible for the care of Lewis Ganucci, a spoiled brat whose father just happens to control the city's largest crime syndicate. Working on Mr. Ganucci's sprawling Westchester estate is a dream . . . until Lewis disappears. Mr. Ganucci is vacationing in Capri, and Nanny sees no reason to inform him that she lost his boy. The kidnappers want $50,000, and if she can scrape it together before the boss gets back, she has a shot at staying alive. She recruits a mid-level enforcer, Benny Napkins, to help her get the cash and save the boss's son, kicking off a chain of events so outrageous and delightful that Nanny will die laughing-if she doesn't get whacked first. An uproarious story of kidnapping, extortion, and cold-blooded murder, this is Ed McBain at his best. If you love Damon Runyon or a great Robert De Niro comedy, you'll enjoy this entertaining romp about a mobster on a rampage.

Don't Crowd Me

Don't Crowd Me

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

To escape the daily grind, Steve Richmond leaves his advertising firm for a vacation on Lake George, hoping for two weeks in paradise. Instead, he finds mosquitoes, a drafty cabin, damp blankets, and locals desperate to take him for every penny he's worth. On the bright side, there are plenty of beautiful girls, and the adman has just settled in when he finds one at the end of his dock, stark naked and dripping wet from a swim in the lake. They share a cigarette and a kiss, and Steve is starting to feel love's bloom . . . until he meets her sister. Caught between two women, Steve's vacation takes another cruel turn when he returns to his quarters after a day on the lake to find one of the locals with an icepick buried in his back. There's no doubt the sisters are involved. To survive his vacation, this executive will have to find the killer, but first, he'll need to overcome the temptation of the ladies of the lake. Don't Crowd Me is one of the first novels published by Ed McBain-who went on to become one of the greatest crime writers of the twentieth century-and showcases the mastery of character, storytelling, and blood-red suspense that would make the author a legend.

Vanishing Ladies

Vanishing Ladies

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Phil Colby is just cruising into Sullivan's Corners when the motorcycle cop flags him down. Phil isn't worried;he wasn't speeding, and as a city cop on holiday in a neighboring state, he expects a certain amount of understanding. But the local cop is unimpressed by his brother in blue, and he doesn't buy the story that he borrowed the car from a fellow detective. He drags Phil in for questioning, and a relaxing vacation becomes a nightmare. When Phil and his fiancee, Ann Grafton, finally get free of the local force, the only place they can find to stay is a room in a sleazy motel on the edge of town. When Phil steps out from a shower, there's an underage prostitute in his bed, blood on the walls . . . and no sign of his beloved Ann. To find her, he'll have to tear Sullivan's Corners apart-and destroy the evil that lurks beneath the surface of this peaceful country town. A grim story of sexual slavery, Vanishing Ladies is a novel ahead of its time. From the legendary Ed McBain, creator of the famous 87th Precinct series and screenwriter of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, this is noir at its rawest.

Jungle Kids

Jungle Kids

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Inside the concrete walls of Bernard High, brutal young men scrap for survival, fighting with their wits, their knives, and their guns. Brawls are common in the hallways, and more than one student has been carried out on a stretcher this year. Now, Mr. Kemp is the next target. A mild-mannered teacher in far over his head, he's about to be thrust into the middle of a string of muggings happening right inside the school. It's a jungle in there, and Kemp is at the bottom of the food chain. A tale of animal justice in a school ruled by the power of the switchblade, "e;The Jungle Kids"e; is an incredible story. Along with "e;To Break the Wall,"e; it served as the inspiration for The Blackboard Jungle, the novel about a cutthroat inner-city school that was adapted for the screen and made Ed McBain a household name. With twelve stories of crime, violence, drugs, and gangs, most of which were originally published in the legendary pulp magazine Manhunt, this collection showcases city life through the eyes of disaffected teenagers. What could be more terrifying?

Murder in the Navy

Murder in the Navy

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

When Claire Cole meets a sailor at the hospital, he's just another enlisted man in need of her care . . . until he mistakes a nurse's compassion for true love, and a few dates as the beginning of a grand romance. But then Claire visits the USS Sykes to tell him that it's over, and something in him snaps. He curses. He begs. And when that doesn't work, he gets angry, wrapping his hands around her throat and squeezing until he sees the life leave her eyes. The nurse's death sends a shockwave through the ship, and the brass immediately start an official investigation. When a yeoman sailor commits suicide, the men in charge are content to write him off as the killer, but communications officer Chuck Masters doesn't buy it. There's a murderer on the Sykes, and Chuck must find him before he claims his next victim. Drawing heavily from firsthand experience-legendary author Ed McBain served on a naval destroyer during World War II-Murder in the Navy, also published as Death of a Nurse, showcases a master of crime fiction at his best.

Spiked Heel

Spiked Heel

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

For three generations, footwear company Julian Kahn has been synonymous with high fashion. And for Raymond "e;Griff"e; Griffin, head of Kahn's cost department, it would be a perfect place to work were it not for Mr. Kurz. A petty tyrant installed by the bank when ownership's grip on the company began to slip, Kurz has made the life hell for every one of his employees. When he's fired, Griff and the other executives rejoice, unaware that things are about to get a whole lot worse. The Kahns are selling the company to multinational conglomerate Titanic Shoe, and to oversee the transition, Titanic sends the devil in the form of Jefferson McQuade. A brute of the boardroom whose specialty is psychological warfare, McQuade hasn't come to oversee a merger, but to break the company's soul. His first target is Griff, but this exec has never been one to back down. In the battle for Julian Kahn, the stakes are far higher than the cost of a simple shoe factory: Griff will have to fight for his life.

Big Man

Big Man

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Robbing the cars is Jobbo's idea. Frankie just goes along because it's too hot to do anything else, and he can't resist easy money. They walk along the East River, reaching into open windows and taking whatever they find. Mostly, it's just junk, until Jobbo picks up the .45. It's fully loaded, with the safety off, and Frankie is holding it when the cops come around the corner. The police open fire, and Frankie shoots back. What else is he supposed to do? Before he knows it, both cops are down, and he and Jobbo are running to meet their connection: the Big Man. With the gun in his hand and two fallen cops at his back, Frankie has a shot at becoming a "e;big man"e; himself, unless the law catches up with him first. A stunning portrait of urban crime, Big Man is vintage Ed McBain. A Mystery Writers of America Grand Master and the creator of the 87th Precinct series, McBain knew the dark side of New York better than anyone else, and in the city's shadows, there's no creature more terrifying than the Big Man.

Nobody Knew They Were There

Nobody Knew They Were There

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

As soon as he arrives, Sam Eisler can see the train station is too busy. His clients would like the job done there, but if he kills a man in that kind of crowd, he'll never get away-and Sam is here to commit homicide, not suicide. The target is a famous man, and his bodyguards will shoot an assailant on sight. Better to catch them unaware. Just outside of town, Sam spots a bridge and comes up with a new scheme: He'll blow it up, destroying his mark in an instant, and all his problems will be solved. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems. The professors and students of a local college have hired Sam to carry out this hit, a political killing that will change the course of the country. His contact is Sara, a beautiful young scholar whose boundless idealism entrances him. As Sam plans the murder, they begin an affair, and he finds himself falling in love. He came here looking for a reason to kill-in Sara, he may discover a reason to live. This remarkable thriller from the author of the 87th Precinct series is set in a world where all political resistance has been stamped out. For Sam and Sara, the revolution will start when the bridge explodes.

Horse's Head

Horse's Head

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Andrew Mullaney has the money to get to Aqueduct Racetrack, but nothing to bet once he gets there. It's a tragedy, because today he's got a sure thing: a filly named Jawbone who's guaranteed to win. Desperate, Andrew asks every hood he knows to spot him fifty bucks, tapping chess hustlers, pool sharks, and hoodlums of every stripe, until, finally, he asks the wrong man-who responds by tossing Andrew out the door and down a flight of stairs. For this degenerate gambler, life is hard . . . and it's about to get a hell of a lot harder. When a gleaming black Cadillac pulls up in front of him, and a man hops out wielding a Luger and telling him to get in the car, Andrew has no choice but to say yes. Little does he know, he's just stepped into the adventure of a lifetime, and by the end of it, he'll be rich, dead, or something far, far worse. A suspenseful, humorous yarn perfect for fans of Prizzi's Honor or Analyze This, A Horse's Head is one of the wildest New York stories ever written. From legendary Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Ed McBain, every page is a laugh-out-loud delight.

Scimitar

Scimitar

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Sonny Hemkar is a doctor in a rough part of Los Angeles, a resident whose days and nights are an endless parade of bullet wounds, cracked skulls, knife-wielding addicts, and innocent victims who don't understand what's happening to their neighborhood. Sonny is just as frightened as they are, but he can't let it show. The son of Indian immigrants, he's dedicated to his studies, and determined to escape this neighborhood before it drags him down. . . . At least, that's what he tells women. In reality, Sonny is a Libyan sleeper agent, embedded deep within the United States for a single terrifying purpose: to assassinate President George H. W. Bush. At long last, he gets his call to action, and speeds to New York to carry out his plan. As every law enforcement agent in the country works to protect the president, Sonny sneaks past them all, designing an intricate plan to turn the world upside down. Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Ed McBain delivers a chillingly realistic suspense novel in the tradition of Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal. Scimitar's razor-sharp edge cuts right to the bone.

Runaway

Runaway

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Johnny Lane is outside the Apollo when he sees Luis, and rage floods his veins. Every tough in Harlem knows that Luis tried to rape Johnny's girl, and that means he has to die. Johnny comes out swinging, but Luis is wearing brass knuckles, and he almost kills Johnny before the fight gets broken up. A few weeks later, as a brutal winter settles over New York, Johnny is walking down the street when he hears the gunfire. Luis has been shot dead. Johnny runs without thinking, because it's bad news for a black man to get caught near a corpse, but the cops catch up with him anyway. He didn't shoot Luis, but he had a motive, and that's good enough for the New York Police Department. Cornered, alone, and helpless, Johnny has no choice but to find the real killer-or spend the rest of his life on the run from the cops, his friends, and his girl. A hardboiled story of a friendless man hunted by the police, Runaway is vintage Ed McBain. It's a story of life on the margins of a merciless city, from an author who knew the dark side of New York better than anyone.

Doors

Doors

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Alex Hardy is the finest thief in New York City. A crib burglar, he robs apartments-never hotels, never offices, never liquor stores, never jewelers. Strictly apartments, and strictly during the day. He's paranoid, ready to cut and run as soon as a job turns sour-he's already been to prison once, and he doesn't plan on getting caught again-but he's about to get the offer of a lifetime, the big make he's always been looking for. How can he say no? This could set him up for life-but it could also send him back to Sing Sing for good. The stake revolves around Daisy, a one-legged hooker who spends Thursday afternoons at the home of a Westchester millionaire. It would be simple if Alex wasn't increasingly distracted by Jessica, his square neighbor who has no idea he's a burglar and seems to like him. Between these two very different women lies the biggest opportunity of Alex's life. Will he get his hands on it before the alarms start to sound? A heist story in the tradition of Lawrence Block or Donald E. Westlake, Doors is a brilliantly detailed story of how to steal-and why-from legendary Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Ed McBain.

Privileged Conversation

Privileged Conversation

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

On his lunch break, David, a mild-mannered therapist, takes a walk in Central Park. It's a muggy June day, and the park is a respite from the parade of neurotics who keep him in business. A woman passes on a bicycle and tosses him a cheerful greeting. A few seconds later, David hears her scream. A mugger has knocked her to the ground, punched her in the face, and escaped with the bike. David helps the girl up. She's beautiful, grateful . . . and far more dangerous than she looks. A Broadway dancer, Kate stirs something within David that he hasn't felt in years. When his wife goes to Martha's Vineyard for the summer, he dives headlong into a passionate affair with the mysterious young woman, risking his marriage and reputation for the sake of someone he knows nothing about. And as he slips deeper into obsession, he will learn that Kate has a deadly secret that threatens everything he loves. A gripping novel of erotic suspense, Privileged Conversation is written with the sure hand of a master storyteller. Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Ed McBain was one of the greatest thriller authors of the twentieth century, and this is one of his best.

Every Little Crook and Nanny

Every Little Crook and Nanny

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/10/2016

Criminal Conversation

Criminal Conversation

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/10/2016

Runaway

Runaway

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2016

A young black man is framed by the police for a murder he didn't commit in this gritty New York crime story from the author of the 87th Precinct series. Johnny Lane is outside the Apollo when he sees Luis, and rage floods his veins. Every tough in Harlem knows that Luis tried to rape Johnny's girl, and that means he has to die. Johnny comes out swinging, but Luis is wearing brass knuckles, and he almost kills Johnny before the fight gets broken up. A few weeks later, as a brutal winter settles over New York, Johnny is walking down the street when he hears the gunfire. Luis has been shot dead. Johnny runs without thinking, because it's bad news for a black man to get caught near a corpse, but the cops catch up with him anyway. He didn't shoot Luis, but he had a motive, and that's good enough for the New York Police Department. Cornered, alone, and helpless, Johnny has no choice but to find the real killeror spend the rest of his life on the run from the cops, his friends, and his girl. A hardboiled story of a friendless man hunted by the police, Runaway is vintage Ed McBain. It's a story of life on the margins of a merciless city, from an author who knew the dark side of New York better than anyone.

King's Ransom

King's Ransom

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2016

When a wealthy businessman is faced with a kidnapping, the ransom could ruin his biggest deal everunless Detective Steve Carella can find the culprits before the kidnapping turns to murder.McBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated PressMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Money, Money, Money A Novel of the 87th Precinct

Money, Money, Money A Novel of the 87th Precinct

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/07/2015

Driving Lessons

Driving Lessons

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2014

A driving lesson goes terribly worng. A random accident - or something more sinister?Tragedy strikes when sixteen-year-old Rebecca Patton fatally injures a woman while having a driving lesson. The driving instructor, Andrew Newell, appears to be drunk at the crime scene, and Detective Katie Logan reckons this is a case of vehicular homicide. But when a handbag is retrieved, the victim is discovered to be Newell's wife.Tough, gritty, full of atmosphere, and with characters who engage you from the very first page, here is Grand Master Ed McBain at the top of his form.

Bread

Bread

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2013

The dog days of August are making the 87th Precinct feel like the inside of an oven. But things can always get hotter. With nearly half the squadroom on vacation, Detectives Carella and Hawes look into what appears to be an ordinary warehouse firebut Carella and Hawes rarely see anything ordinary, and this is no different. The trail from the warehouse leads uptown to the murders of a junkie and a suspected prostitute. They soon discover a shady ghetto redevelopment deal may have gruesome ties that run deep into the citys underbelly.Full of fascinating characters and dialogue, Bread follows a bloody money trail through the citys back alleys and dark corners. This installment of the 87th Precinct series is bestselling author Ed McBain at his grittiest.

Cop Hater

Cop Hater

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2013

As a cop with the citys famed 87th Precinct, Steve Carella has seen it all. Or so he thinks. Because nothing can prepare him for the sight that greets him on a sweltering July night: fellow detective Mike Reardons dead body splayed across the sidewalk, his face blown away by a .45. Days later, Reardons partner is found dead, a .45-caliber bullet buried deep in his chest. Only a fool would call it a coincidence, and Carellas no fool. He chalks the whole ugly mess up to a grudge killinguntil a third murder shoots that theory to hell. Armed with only a single clue, Carella delves deep into the citys underbelly, launching a grim search for answers that will lead him from a notorious brothel to the lair of a beautiful, dangerous widow. He wont stop until he finds the truthor until the next bullet finds him. The debut novel from EdMcBains gritty 87th Precinct series, Cop Hater was hailed by the New York Times as the best of today's procedural school of police storieslively, inventive, convincing, suspenseful, and wholly satisfactory.

House that Jack Built

House that Jack Built

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2013

The morning after Jonathan Parrishs fortieth birthday party, the guest of honor is found lying dead in a pool of his own blood. Police arrive at the scene to find his older brother, Ralph, covered in red and clutching the murder weapon. From behind bars, Ralph insists he didnt do it. He claims he heard a scream from the other room, saw a man dressed in black running away, and rushed to pull the fatal blade from Jonathans chest. But his explanations dont sway the Florida police, especially when several witnesses saw the brothers arguing about Jonathans homosexual lifestyle the night before. But attorney Matthew Hope believes Ralphcall it instinct, call it a hunch, Matts law partner, Frank Summerville, calls it Matts code. But with Frank too distraught over his crumbling marriage to pitch in this time, Matthew enlists private eye Warren Chambers to help prove Ralphs innocence. And with few clues to go by, the duo will have to dig through a world of closet cases, secret trysts, and a community on edge to capture the real killer.

Kiss

Kiss

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2013

When a bodyguard is hired to protect a successful businessmans wife, the detectives of the 87th Precinct are brought in to investigate why she has two near-fatal accidents on his watch.The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, NewsdayMcBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated Press

Widows

Widows

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2013

The murder of a young mistress in a penthouse apartment has Detectives Carella and Brown investigating a family with many motiveseven as an unrelated murder impacts Carella personally.McBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated PressMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Vespers

Vespers

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

The murder of a priest in one of the 87th Precincts parishes sends Detectives Carella and Hawes on a troubling investigation where everyone has a secret and the truth hides within the lies.Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyThe 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, Newsday

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2012

A long shadow looms above her. Then a hand clamps over her mouth and a blade sinks into her back. Blood splatters on the film reel case beside her, and a young life is cut short. Lawyer Matthew Hope gets a call from Carlton Markham, whos been arrested for his filmmaker wifes murder but says he didnt do it. Witnesses fly forward to proclaim his guilt, but Markhams not giving up that easily on his innocence. And when Matthew digs deeper into the victims businessfrom heavy financial backers to sleazy egomaniacshe finds she may not have been the perfect lady she had seemed. The one piece of evidence that could set Markham free and finger the real killer is the victims film reel. Only its gone, along with the films sexy star. Now Matthew needs to infiltrate the seedy side of the film industry in order to find the missing reel and solve the murder. From master storyteller Ed McBain, Puss in Boots is another Matthew Hope Mystery classic, the tale of a woman who aimed too high and the many men who fell for it all.

Lullaby

Lullaby

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2012

A babysitter and the child she is watching are murdered on New Years Evejust as a gang war over drug trafficking erupts and puts one of the detectives of the 87th Precinct in mortal danger.McBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated PressThe 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, Newsday

Cinderella

Cinderella

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2012

Private detective Otto Samalson sees the taila black Toronado he cant shake. One dark window rolls down, exposing the barrel of a gun, and the detective is dead. Otto had already known his days were numbered and said as much to his friend, attorney Matthew Hope. Having hired Otto to watch a cheating husband for a client, Matthew is now left with only Ottos tape recorder, filled with proof of an affair. But could the evidence lead to something larger, something that would drive a man to kill? Meanwhile, a mysterious woman is on the run, her face and name unknown to all except two stepsisters who couldnt care less if a violent pair of Cubans got their hands on her. If Matthew can decipher the clues in Ottos evidence, theres a chance he could reach the girl first and save her life. A chilling addition to the Matthew Hope series from Ed McBain, Cinderella is the tale of a woman known by many names and the men who will do anything to find her.

Poison

Poison

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 27/11/2012

Her former lovers are dying one by one, and beautiful Marilyn Hollis is a top suspect. Smitten Detective Willis tries to believe in her innocence, until he begins to have his doubts.The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, NewsdayMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Tricks

Tricks

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 27/11/2012

Everyone in the 87th Precinct gets in on the act in Tricks, a multicrime Halloween story full of murder, mayhem, and cops walking the line between decent society and the evil just beneath its surface.McBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated PressImagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment Weekly

Snow White and Rose Red

Snow White and Rose Red

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 20/11/2012

Sarah Whittaker is a green-eyed beauty with a love for Danny Kaye and white knights. Lawyer Matthew Hope can see all this clearly, despite the fact that whenever they meet the two are under constant surveillance by the mental institution staff. You see, Sarahs crazyor is she? Sarah pleads with Matthew to take her case, claiming that her mother wrongfully had Sarah committed in order to seize her inheritance money. And while the mother and doctors in question seem shady, almost cloying in their belief that Sarah is a paranoid schizophrenic, Matthew cant tell day from night, or Rose Red from Snow White. Meanwhile, the corpse of a woman about Sarahs age washes ashore in a town nearby. Is there a connection? Is Sarah Whittaker really pure as snow? Is she the Virgin Queen she says she is? Its up to Matthew to find out. In Ed McBains Snow White and Rose Red, Matthew Hope plunges into the noir, twisted world of the most complicated of mysteriesthe human mind.

Lightning

Lightning

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2012

Two perpsone a serial killer and the other a rapist who revisits his victimstest the limits of the 87th Precincts detectives as they race to catch these maniacs loose on the citys streets.McBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated PressMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2012

Jack McKinney is a bright-eyed twenty-year-old in the business of buying a snapbean farm with forty grand in cash, and attorney Matthew Hope assists with the dealuntil Jacks found dead in his condo, stabbed fourteen times. The backwoods seller wants his forty grand pronto, but nobody can find the cash. And when Matthew pays a visit to the McKinney ranch, he gets more than he bargained for. Jacks mother, Veronica, is a woman who looks half her years, with cool gray eyes to match her ambivalent attitude toward her sons death. The only thing more dangerous than Veronica is daughter Sunny, the mirror image of her mother and a girl who can hold her liquor. Everyone seems to have a theory about the missing money, but Matthews the only one who can get to the bottom of the bum deal. The fourth installment of Ed McBains Matthew Hope Mysteries, Jack and the Beanstalk delivers our lawyer into a world of seedy folks, sour deals, and a family gone afoul.

Ice

Ice

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2012

Murder is in season as a brutal winter grips the city, and the detectives of the 87th Precinct must fight the elements and turn up the heat to find a ruthless killer.Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2012

When Victoria Miller and her backing band, Wheat, broke out with a string of gold records in the sixties, the sultry chanteuse seemed shy of crowds, refusing to perform in public. Years after her last success, Victoria makes her stage debut, but the magic is long gone, and shortly after that, so is shethe victim of a brutal murder. Victorias six- year-old daughter, Allison, is missing too, but nobodys come forward for a ransom. The only clue is a mysterious callIll be stopping by to collectbut whos collecting, and what? Even if Allison could be found, lawyer Matthew Hope cant seem to locate Victorias missing will with Allisons guardianship. And when Victorias old producer comes forward, claiming Victoria wasnt quite the natural talent shed seemed to be, Matthews left wondering who gave her the golden touch and why theyd take it back right now. Part of Ed McBains masterful Matthew Hope series, Rumpelstiltskin finds the good-hearted lawyer in a plot where everyones a suspect, and all debts are paid in full.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2012

Matthew Hope is a divorce lawyer in the town of Calusa, Florida, where the Gulf waters are warm and the women on the beach topless. One such woman, Michelle Benois Harpera striking beauty with cascading black hairenters Matthews office revealing swollen eyes and a bruised and battered body. After making a statement with the cops saying her husband did it, her body is found on the beach, burned beyond recognition. George N. Harper is a hulking man with pockmarks, flaring nostrils, and rheumy eyesthe ugliest accused man Matthew has ever seen. But somethings not quite right about the caseHarper loved his wife. Yet the cops and lawyers are ready to hang the man who could extinguish such a beautiful woman, and its up to Matthew to prove his innocence. An instant classic in the Matthew Hope series from Ed McBain, Beauty and the Beast pairs the good-hearted lawyer with a client who tests his prejudices and proves beauty may be skin deep, but ugly is in the bones.

Heat

Heat

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2012

During a sweltering heat wave, Detectives Carella and Kling try to make sense of an artist who turned off his air conditioning to commit suicidebut Kling has an even deadlier problem on his hands.Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyMcBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated Press

Calypso

Calypso

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2012

When a calypso singer and a prostitute are murdered with the same gun, Detectives Carella and Meyer descend into the murky world of sex and sadism to find a killer on the loose.Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Ghosts

Ghosts

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2012

Its Christmastime and Detective Carella gets assigned three murdersincluding a bestselling author of ghost storiesand is soon after ghosts, mediums, and a crazed killer.McBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book ReviewImagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment Weekly

Long Time No See

Long Time No See

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2012

When a blind couple is murdered, Steve Carellas only clue is the ten-year-old dream one of the victims had, a dream that leads to a killer whose secret is worth murder.McBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated PressThe 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, Newsday

Blood Relatives

Blood Relatives

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2012

A killer is out for blood, and its up to Detective Steve Carella to bring him inbut a shocking surprise awaits when a survivor fingers the suspect in a lineup.McBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated PressMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

So Long As You Both Shall Live

So Long As You Both Shall Live

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2012

When Detective Klings blushing bride is nabbed from their honeymoon suite, the men of the 87th Precinct are out to help one of their own.Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Hail to the Chief

Hail to the Chief

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2012

Six naked, murdered bodies on a cold January night put Detectives Carella and Kling in the middle of a full-on gang war and in a head-to-head battle with a mysterious criminal mastermind.Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand,ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here

Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2012

Murders, muggings, and assaultsjust a routine night and day in the 87th Precinct until one of their own is shot, sending every available detective on the hunt to bring down the gunman.McBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book ReviewImagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment Weekly

Jigsaw

Jigsaw

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2012

A piece of a torn picture in the hand of a dead man puts the detectives of the 87th Precinct on the trail of $750,000 missing from a six-year-old bank heist.Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyMcBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated Press

Eighty Million Eyes

Eighty Million Eyes

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2012

A comedian dies on national television in front of forty million viewers, and the detectives of the 87th Precinct must solve the puzzle of how he made someone mad enough to murder.Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyMcBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated Press

Shotgun

Shotgun

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2012

A man armed with a shotgun is loose in the city, killing married couples; its up to Detectives Carella and Kling to find him before he ends the next marriage.The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, NewsdayMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Ax

Ax

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2012

An ax murderer has taken root in the 87th Precinct. Will Detectives Hawes and Carella be able to stop him before he kills again?Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

He Who Hesitates

He Who Hesitates

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2012

A craftsman visiting the city struggles to contact the 87th Precinct with details of a former lovers sudden death when theres another beauty distracting him.The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, NewsdayMcBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated Press

Ten Plus One

Ten Plus One

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2012

When Anthony Forrest walked out of the office building, the only thoughts on his mind were of an impending birthday and a meeting with his wife for dinner. And a deadly bullet saw to it that they were the last thoughts on his mind.The problem for Detectives Steve Carella and Meyer Meyer of the 87th Precinct is that Forrest isnt alone. An anonymous sniper is unofficially holding the city hostage, frustrating the police as one by one the denizens of Isola drop like flies. With fear gripping the citizenry and the pressure on the 87th mounting, finding a killer whose victims are random is the greatest challenge the detectives have ever facedand the deadliest game the city has ever known.A gritty, relentless pressure cooker of a thriller, Ten Plus One is one of bestselling author Ed McBains finest, the ultimate addition to the 87th Precinct series where time threatens to stand still and murder rules the day.

Empty Hours

Empty Hours

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2012

Three nerve-racking stories from bestselling 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.McBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book ReviewImagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment Weekly

Like Love

Like Love

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2012

Suspicious deaths signal the arrival of springtime for the men at the 87th Precinct as they work on solving a suspicious double-suicideand the nuances of love.The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, NewsdayMcBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated Press

Lady, Lady, I Did It!

Lady, Lady, I Did It!

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2012

During the heat of an Indian summer, a quadruple homicide that includes among its victims the fiance of an 87th Precinct detective sets off a desperate, vendetta-like hunt for the killer.McBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated PressMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

See Them Die

See Them Die

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2012

The eyes of the neighborhood are on the detectives of the 87th and the criminal who challenged them as the city simmers with escalating gang violence.The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, NewsdayMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Give the Boys a Great Big Hand

Give the Boys a Great Big Hand

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2012

A killer in the 87th Precinct is leaving behind severed hands as calling cards, putting Detectives Carella and Hawes back on the streets to end this murderous, gruesome streak.Imagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment WeeklyMcBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated Press

'Til Death

'Til Death

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2012

The wedding day of Detective Steve Carellas sister Angela should be the most romantic, special day of her life. But it might turn out to be the worst if her brother cant figure out which man on the guest list has come to murder the groom. Carella and the men from the 87th Precinct find themselves on the clock as they desperately hunt amongst the name cards and catered dinners for the would-be assailant. Trouble is, the crowd has numerous people with viable motives: the best man who stands to inherit everything the groom owns, the ex-boyfriend with a homicidal crush, and even an ex-GI with a score to settle. But time is ticking, and if they dont act fast, Angela will become a brideand a widowon the same day. Another riveting installment of the 87th Precinct series, 'Til Death is one of bestseller Ed McBains finest, an intense, life-and-death nerve-wracker hailed by the Literary Review as zestful, inventive, and utterly compulsive.

Killer's Wedge

Killer's Wedge

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2012

A woman holds the entire 87th Precinct hostage with a homemade bomb and loaded handgun, but her only real target is none other than Detective Steve Carella.McBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book ReviewThe 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, Newsday

Killer's Choice

Killer's Choice

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2012

A woman is murdered in a liquor store, hurtling the men from the 87th Precinct into an investigation of her secret lives and many possible enemies.The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, NewsdayMcBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book Review

Lady Killer

Lady Killer

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2012

The detectives of the 87th Precinct are on the clock when a mysterious, threatening letter proclaims its unknown writer will kill an unnamed woman in just twelve short hours.McBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated PressImagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment Weekly

Con Man

Con Man

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2011

When a young womans body is fished out of the 87th Precincts river, a street-wise detective is on the clock to find the con man who killed her before he strikes again.McBain forces us to think twice about every character we meeteven those we thought we already knew. New York Times Book ReviewImagine your favorite Law Order cast solving fresh mysteries into infinity, with no re-runs, and you have some sense of McBains grand, ongoing accomplishment. Entertainment Weekly

Mugger

Mugger

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2011

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.The 87th Precinct [is] one of the great literary accomplishments of the last half-century. Pete Hamill, NewsdayMcBain has the ability to make every character believablewhich few writers these days can do. Associated Press

Fat Ollie's Book

Fat Ollie's Book

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2011

Murders happen every day in the big bad city. They're not such a big deal, you know. Even when the victim is a city councilman as well-known as Lester Henderson. But this is the first time Fat Ollie Weeks of the 88th Precinct has written a novel, ah yes. Called Report to the Commissioner, it follows a cunning detective named Olivia Wesley Watts, who, apart from being female and slim, is rather like Fat Ollie himself. While Ollie's responding to the squeal about the dead councilman, his leather dispatch case is stolen from the back of his car -- and in it, the only copy of his precious manuscript. Joined by Carella and Kling from the neighboring 87th Precinct, Ollie investigates the homicide with all the exquisite crudeness, insensitivity, and determination for which he is famous. But the theft of his first novel fills Ollie with a renewed passion for old-fashioned detective work. Following the exploits of one of Ed McBain's most beloved detectives, this lively and complicated tale -- the fifty-second in the award-winning 87th Precinct series -- is McBain at his best.

Frumious Bandersnatch

Frumious Bandersnatch

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2011

It should have been the night that launched a new pop idol. Tamar Valparaiso is young and beautiful, with the body and voice of an angel. The stage is set for her to launch her debut album, Bandersnatch, on a luxury yacht in the heart of the city. But halfway through her performance, masked men drag Tamar off the stage and into a waiting speedboat, while the partygoers look on helplessly. Detective Steve Carella is just showing up for the graveyard shift when news of the kidnapping comes in. Working disjointedly with a Joint Task Force that calls itself "e;The Squad,"e; Carella and the men and women of the Eight-Seven must find Tamar before time -- or indeed her very life -- runs out. In this brilliant look at the music industry, Ed McBain once again combines his mastery of form with the fast-paced dialogue and intricate plotting that have become his signature.

Hark!

Hark!

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2011

Ed McBain concocts a brilliant and intricate thriller about a master criminal who haunts the city with cryptic passages from Shakespeare, directing the detectives of the 87th Precinct to a future crime -- if only they can figure out what he means. The 87th Precinct gets a visit from one of the city's most accomplished criminals -- a thief known as the Deaf Man. Because he might be deaf. Or he might not. So little is known about the man who is harassing Detective Steve Carella with puzzling messages that it is hard to tell. But as soon as a pattern emerges, the detectives of the 87th are forced to hit the books and brush up on their Shakespeare -- because each new clue contains a line from one of his plays. Unless they can crack this complicated riddle and beat the Deaf Man at his own cat-and-mouse game, someone is going to end up hurt, or something will be stolen -- or both. It's always so hard to tell with the Deaf Man. Ed McBain brings his most intelligent and devious criminal back to the 87th Precinct with a richly plotted and literary crime.

Fat Ollie's Book A Novel of the 87th Precinct

Fat Ollie's Book A Novel of the 87th Precinct

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/10/2010

The Frumious Bandersnatch

The Frumious Bandersnatch

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/12/2009

Nocturne

Nocturne

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 30/05/2009

Just in case anybody thought the 47 earlier novels in the 87th precinct were a fluke, McBain's gone and revitalized the routine with Nocturne"e;"e;. -- The New York Times Book ReviewIn Isola, the hours between midnight and dawn are usually a quiet time. But for 87th Precinct detectives Carella and Hawes, the murder of an old woman makes the wee hours anything but peaceful -- especially when they learn she was one of the greatest concert pianists of the century long vanished. Meanwhile 88th Precinct cop Fat Ollie Weeks has his own early morning nightmare: he's on the trail of three prep school boys and a crack dealer who spent the evening carving up a hooker.

Romance

Romance

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 30/05/2009

It's not a mystery, it's a story of survival and triumph. That's what some people say about Romance, a would-be hit play about an actress pursued by a knife-wielding stalker. But isn't it romantic! Before the show can open, the leading lady is really attacked, outside the theater. And before the detectives of the 87th can solve that crime, the same actress is stabbed again. This time for keeps. A.D.A. Nellie Brand moves in for a murder conviction, but Detective Steve Carella is sure she's got the wrong guy, and wrestles for the case with Fat Ollie Weeks, Isola's foulest cop. While Bert Kling interviews witnesses and suspects ranging from the show's producers to the author - who has written novels about cops and knows how it's done - to the lead's lovely understudy, he can't keep his mind off what's happening to him. He's falling in love. With a doctor. Who happens to be a deputy chief surgeon. Who happens to be a black woman. In the city of Isola, nothing is black and white. In the play Romance, no one is guilty or innocent. And in the gritty reality of the 87th Precinct, everyone is in love with something - even if it's only murder.

Gutter and the Grave

Gutter and the Grave

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2008

Detective Matt Cordell was happily married once, and gainfully employed, and sober. But that was before he caught his wife cheating on him with one of his operatives and took it out on the man with the butt end of a .45. Now Matt makes his home on the streets of New York and his only companions are the city's bartenders. But trouble still knows how to find him, and when Johnny Bridges shows up from the old neighborhood, begging for Matt's help, Cordell finds himself drawn into a case full of beautiful women and bloody murder. It's just like the old days-only this time, when the beatings come, he may wind up on the receiving end.

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: King's Ransom

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: King's Ransom

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/01/2008

Classics, modern fiction, non-fiction and more. Written for secondary and adult students the Oxford Bookworms Library has seven reading levels from A1-C1 of the CEFR. Calling all cars, calling all cars. Here's the story on the Smoke Rise kidnapping. The missing boy is eight years old, fair hair, wearing a red sweater. His name is Jeffry Reynolds, son of Charles Reynolds, chauffeur to Douglas King.' The police at the 87th Precinct hate kidnappers. And these kidnappers are stupid, too. They took the wrong boy - the chauffeur's son instead of the son of the rich tycoon, Douglas King. And they want a ransom of $500,000. A lot of money. But it's not too much to pay for a little boy's life...is it? CEFR B2 Word count 24,330

Mischief

Mischief

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2006

In this 87th Precinct thriller, Detective Steve Carella must track down a killer who's systematically rubbing out all the city's graffiti artists, leaving each victim mischievously splashed with paint and blood.Foul play takes another form when an old nemesis, the Dead Man, taunts Carella and the eight-seven with riddling clues for solving a crime - or crimes - not yet committed. Given what he's deduced from the prankish perpetrator, Carella strongly suspects the crime will take place during a free rock and rap concert scheduled to take place in the city's largest park. As Carella tries desperately to second guess him, the Dead Man meticulously puts together a plan to carry off a multi-million dollar coup. Soon Carella finds himself racing against time in a game of wits that could leave the city reeling under an onslaught of dirty tricks from one of the underworld's masters of criminal mischief.

Kiss

Kiss

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2006

An 87th Precinct novel -- Certain that someone is trying to kill her, Emma Bowles turns to another killer for protection, and only a dedicated cop trapped in a defective legal system can save her.

Fiddlers

Fiddlers

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2006

Six victims. Same gun. No link. The final 87th Precinct novel from the master...It started with the blind violinist - shot twice through the head at point-blank range in the alley outside his dingy restaurant. But it's only when the omelette lady gets shot with the same gun in the same way twenty-four hours later that the 87th Precinct really starts to sit up and take notice.But Steve Carella and the boys at the Precinct always seem to be one step behind the killer, and are unable to prevent the death toll rising. The trouble is, while the gun is the same, none of the victims seem to be related in any way. And why is the killer heard to introduce himself as 'Chuck' before pumping two bullets into their bodies?FIDDLERS is a brilliantly twisting puzzle of a book where nothing is as it seems and the pace never lets up - Ed McBain at his very best.

Hark!

Hark!

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2005

The brilliant new 87th precinct novel from one of crime's enduring legends...Gloria Stanford was very sexy, very rich and very, very dead. Found in her plush, city apartment, she had been shot twice in the heart. All her credit cards and ID were gone but apart from that there seemed no motive at all. It's only when the detective-in-charge, Steve Carella, starts to receive bizarre cryptic notes in the mail that he realises something bigger than a simple homicide is going on. It seems the Deaf Man is back - a notorious crook and killer who has a morbid fascination with puzzles and anagrams. Long thought dead, he's back on the loose and wants his long-hidden millions back.

Hark!

Hark!

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2004

Ed McBain concocts a brilliant and intricate thriller about a master criminal who haunts the city with cryptic passages from Shakespeare, directing the detectives of the 87th Precinct to a future crime -- if only they can figure out what he means. The 87th Precinct gets a visit from one of the city's most accomplished criminals -- a thief known as the Deaf Man. Because he might be deaf. Or he might not. So little is known about the man who is harassing Detective Steve Carella with puzzling messages that it is hard to tell. But as soon as a pattern emerges, the detectives of the 87th are forced to hit the books and brush up on their Shakespeare -- because each new clue contains a line from one of his plays. Unless they can crack this complicated riddle and beat the Deaf Man at his own cat-and-mouse game, someone is going to end up hurt, or something will be stolen -- or both. It's always so hard to tell with the Deaf Man. Ed McBain brings his most intelligent and devious criminal back to the 87th Precinct with a richly plotted and literary crime.

Frumious Bandersnatch

Frumious Bandersnatch

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2004

It should have been the night that launched a new pop idol. Tamar Valparaiso is young and beautiful, with the body and voice of an angel. The stage is set for her to launch her debut album, Bandersnatch, on a luxury yacht in the heart of the city. But halfway through her performance, masked men drag Tamar off the stage and into a waiting speedboat, while the partygoers look on helplessly. Detective Steve Carella is just showing up for the graveyard shift when news of the kidnapping comes in. Working disjointedly with a Joint Task Force that calls itself "e;The Squad,"e; Carella and the men and women of the Eight-Seven must find Tamar before time -- or indeed her very life -- runs out. In this brilliant look at the music industry, Ed McBain once again combines his mastery of form with the fast-paced dialogue and intricate plotting that have become his signature.

Fat Ollie's Book

Fat Ollie's Book

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2003

Another 87th precinct novel from 'the undisputed master - and there's nobody who does it better' DAILY MIRRORIrritating though he was, Lester Henderson had it all when he strode up to rehearse his keynote address in the darkness of a downtown theatre. Widely tipped to be the next mayor and possessing a nice line in catalogue-casual daywear, Henderson stood four-square facing his glorious future. But five shots later and his lifeblood was seeping away - gunned down by person or persons unknown from stage-right... At that point he became Ollie Weeks' problem. But this savage crime is suddenly overshadowed by a deed even more repugnant. Ollie's life's work is his novel. Honed by countless rejection letters, it is finally ready to be released to the general populace. But then the one and only manuscript disappears, leaving Ollie to head off in pursuit of the thief. A thief who is convinced that Ollie's work contains the secret location of a hoard of hidden diamonds...

Fat Ollie's Book

Fat Ollie's Book

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2003

Murders happen every day in the big bad city. They're not such a big deal, you know. Even when the victim is a city councilman as well-known as Lester Henderson. But this is the first time Fat Ollie Weeks of the 88th Precinct has written a novel, ah yes. Called Report to the Commissioner, it follows a cunning detective named Olivia Wesley Watts, who, apart from being female and slim, is rather like Fat Ollie himself. While Ollie's responding to the squeal about the dead councilman, his leather dispatch case is stolen from the back of his car -- and in it, the only copy of his precious manuscript. Joined by Carella and Kling from the neighboring 87th Precinct, Ollie investigates the homicide with all the exquisite crudeness, insensitivity, and determination for which he is famous. But the theft of his first novel fills Ollie with a renewed passion for old-fashioned detective work. Following the exploits of one of Ed McBain's most beloved detectives, this lively and complicated tale -- the fifty-second in the award-winning 87th Precinct series -- is McBain at his best.

Money, Money, Money

Money, Money, Money

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2002

Another novel in the greatest of all post-war American crime series.Cassandra Lee Ridley is an ex-airforce pilot who now scrapes a living flying low-level contraband over the border to Mexico. But when she gets offered a $200,000 contract to fly what she assumes are drugs, she takes a deep breath and agrees to do it. The job goes perfectly, the deliveries are made and the money paid to the Mexican drug lords. One problem though. All $1.7 million dollars of the payment are fake, the Mexicans soon want their money - and Cassandra is their first stop and first fatality. When her naked body is thrown to the lions in a zoo in the 87th Precinct, New York, it becomes Detective Steve Carella's problem . . .

Candyland

Candyland

Author: Ed McBain, Evan Hunter Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2001

For the first time Evan Hunter and Ed McBain, two extraordinary and diverse talents, fuse to form a brilliant and powerful novel of two halvesBenjamin Thorpe is married, a father, a successful Los Angeles architect - and a man obsessed. Alone in New York City on business, he spends the empty hours of the night in a compulsive search for female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to an early morning confrontation in a mid-town brothel, and a subsequent searing self-revelation.Cathy Frese - aka Heidi-the-teenage-hooker - finishes up for the night and walks back to her studio apartment. But she never arrives. Her strangled, used and mutilated body is found in an alleyway the next morning.These two lost souls had crossed briefly in the night, and as the foggy events of the night before come into sharper focus, Benjamin Thorpe becomes an ever more possible suspect...

Money, Money, Money

Money, Money, Money

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2001

It is Christmas in the city, but it isn't the giving season. A retired Gulf War pilot, a careless second-story man, a pair of angry Mexicans, and an equally shady pair of Secret Service agents are in town after a large stash of money, and no one is interested in sharing. The detectives at the 87th are already busy for the holidays. Steve Carella and Fat Ollie Weeks catch the squeal when the lions in the city zoo get an unauthorized feeding of a young woman's body. And then there's a trash can stuffed with a book salesman carrying a P-38 Walther and a wad of big bills. The bad bills and the dead book salesman lead to the offices of a respected publisher, Wadsworth and Dodds. This is good news for Fat Ollie, because he's working on a police novel -- one written by a real cop -- and he's sure it's going to be a bestseller. Ed McBain returns to his legendary 87th Precinct with a suspenseful story of greed, conflict, and the eternal search for money, money, money.

Candyland

Candyland

Author: Ed McBain, Evan Hunter Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2001

Evan Hunter is known for his powerful novels and screenplays. Ed McBain is known for portraying the soul of the cop. They have distinct narrative voices, but both are bestselling storytellers who have received worldwide acclaim. Now, in Candyland, they join for the first time to write a single story -- a powerful novel of obsession. Benjamin Thorpe is married, a father, a successful Los Angeles architect -- and a man obsessed. Alone in New York City on business, he spends the empty hours of the night in a compulsive search for female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to an early morning confrontation in a midtown bordello and a searing self-revelation. Part I of Candyland is a fever-pitched search for identity, seen through Benjamin's obsessed eyes and told in classic Evan Hunter style. Part II opens in Ed McBain territory. Three detectives are discussing a homicide. The victim is a young prostitute whose path crossed Benjamin Thorpe's the night before. Emma Boyle of the Special Victims Unit is assigned to the case. As the foggy events of the previous night come into sharper focus, Thorpe becomes an ever more possible suspect. The detailed police investigation and excruciating suspense are classic Ed McBain. Shocking, bold, and compulsively readable, Candyland is a groundbreaking literary event.

Candyland

Candyland

Author: Ed McBain, Evan Hunter Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2001

While Evan Hunter is known for his powerful novels and screenplays, Ed McBain is known for portraying the soul of the cop. With Candyland, they join for the first time to write a single story -- a powerful novel of obsession. Benjamin Thorpe is married, a father, a successful Los Angeles architect -- and a man obsessed. Alone in New York City on business, he spends the empty hours of the night in search of female companionship. His dizzying descent leads to an early morning confrontation in a midtown bordello and a searing self-revelation. Part I of Candyland follows Benjamin's fever-pitched search for identity, told in classic Evan Hunter style. Part II is pure Ed McBain territory. Three detectives discuss a homicide. The victim is a young prostitute who crossed Benjamin Thorpe's path the night before. Emma Boyle of the Special Victims Unit gets assigned to the case. As the foggy events of the previous night come into sharper focus, it grows clear that Thopre is a potential suspect. The detailed police investigation is Ed McBain at top form. Shocking, bold and compulsively engaging, Candyland is a groundbreaking literary event.

The Last Dance

The Last Dance

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/07/2000

Set in Isola, the city that both is and is not New York City, it features his world-reknowned squadroom of heroes and anti-heroes, joined together by a tough and often unrewarding job. This time a man with no enemies is found hanging in what appears to be a suicide. But Carella and Brown soon discover that, drugged and unconscious, he could not possibly have hanged himself. They are dealing with murder. The investigation takes them into the politics and passions of a musical in preparation. Or rather two: one that happened half a century ago and one that is happening now . . .

Last Dance

Last Dance

Author: Ed McBain Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2000

THE CELEBRATED FIFTIETH NOVEL OF THE 87TH PRECINCT The hanging death of a nondescript old man in a shabby little apartment in a meager section of the 87th Precinct is nothing much in this city, especially to detectives Carella and Meyer. But everyone has a story, and this old man's story stood to make some people a lot of money. His story takes Carella, Meyer, Brown, and Weeks on a search through seedy strip clubs and to the bright lights of the theater district. There they discover an upcoming musical with ties to a mysterious drug -- and a killer who stays until the last dance.

Shotgun

Shotgun

Author: Ed McBain Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/1995

A psycho has butchered a nice young couple and he's loose somewhere in the 87th Precinct. He has a name, an address and an identity. Walter Damascus is a third-rate lothario who likes his women well off, well built and dead, along with their husbands. Sooner or later he will surface.

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