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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.

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.

If you like Ed McBain you might also like to read books by Tony Hillerman, James Lee Burke and Linda Fairstein.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Ed McBain

Cut Me in by Ed McBain
Cut Me in
Ed McBain
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The late (and much missed) Ed McBain is best remembered for his classic 87th Precinct police procedural novels, but this timely reissue by the innovative Hard Case...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2016
So Nude, So Dead by Ed McBain
So Nude, So Dead
Ed McBain
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The latest rediscovery in the enterprising Hard Case series that resurrects forgotten pulp classics, often by big name authors, or new titles in the tradition by contemporary...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2015
Cop Hater by Ed McBain
Cop Hater
Ed McBain
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on Cop Hater... McBain more or less invented the police procedural charting the daily work of cops in the big city. This was the first 87th precinct novel with an ensemble cast of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/09/2010
Alice In Jeopardy by Ed McBain
Alice In Jeopardy
Ed McBain
His death earlier this year has resulted in only two books finished in what was going to be an on-going series about women whose lives or children are suddenly threatened. This centres on kidnapped children in Florida and their motherâs...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/11/2005
Alice in Jeopardy by Ed McBain
Alice in Jeopardy
Ed McBain
First in a new series from this top notch crime author, each of which will feature an endangered woman whose life, or childrenâs lives are threatened
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/02/2005
The Frumious Bandersnatch by Ed McBain
The Frumious Bandersnatch
Ed McBain
This is Ed McBain back at his best. This latest novel is set in the infamous 87th precinct. Kidnapped hip hop stars and references to Lewis Carroll as well as Fat Olieâs new romance with a voluptuous cop make this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/09/2004

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