Ed McBain Books

Evan Hunter was born with the name Salvatore Albert Lombino on October 15, 1926. He was born and raised in New York City, living in East Harlem before moving to the Bronx at the age of twelve. Hunter wrote some stories while serving in the navy during World War Two, but they would not be published until the fifties, when he was an established author. He legally changed his name in 1962 to Evan Hunter and was successful and well known with this name. He is even more known as Ed McBain, which is a name that he used for most of his crime fiction work. Hunter sold his first story under his born name, but published more under his pen names, of which he had many. He died from laryngeal cancer at the age of 78 in Weston, Connecticut in 2005. This was due to the fact that he was a heavy smoker for a few decades and had three heart attacks. Hunter needed an operation on his heart and had a precancerous lesion on his larynx. He had it removed but it would return.

Order of 87th Precinct Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Cop Hater 1956 Description / Buy
2 The Mugger 1956 Description / Buy
3 The Pusher 1956 Description / Buy
4 Killer's Choice 1957 Description / Buy
5 The Con Man 1957 Description / Buy
6 Killer's Wedge 1958 Description / Buy
7 Killer's Payoff 1958 Description / Buy
8 Lady Killer 1958 Description / Buy
9 'Til Death 1959 Description / Buy
10 King's Ransom 1959 Description / Buy
11 See Them Die 1960 Description / Buy
12 Give the Boys a Great Big Hand 1960 Description / Buy
13 The Heckler 1960 Description / Buy
14 Lady, Lady, I Did It! 1961 Description / Buy
15 The Empty Hours 1962 Description / Buy
16 Like Love 1962 Description / Buy
17 Ax 1963 Description / Buy
18 Ten Plus One 1963 Description / Buy
19 Doll 1965 Description / Buy
20 He Who Hesitates 1965 Description / Buy
21 Eighty Million Eyes 1966 Description / Buy
22 Fuzz 1968 Description / Buy
23 Shotgun 1968 Description / Buy
24 Jigsaw 1970 Description / Buy
25 Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here! 1971 Description / Buy
26 Sadie When She Died 1972 Description / Buy
27 Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man 1973 Description / Buy
28 Hail to the Chief 1973 Description / Buy
29 Bread 1974 Description / Buy
30 Blood Relatives 1975 Description / Buy
31 So Long as You Both Shall Live 1976 Description / Buy
32 Long Time No See 1977 Description / Buy
33 Calypso 1979 Description / Buy
34 Ghosts 1980 Description / Buy
35 Heat 1981 Description / Buy
36 McBain Brief 1982 Description / Buy
37 Ice 1983 Description / Buy
38 Lightning 1984 Description / Buy
39 And All Through The House 1984 Description / Buy
40 Eight Black Horses 1985 Description / Buy
41 Poison 1987 Description / Buy
42 Tricks 1989 Description / Buy
43 Lullaby 1989 Description / Buy
44 Vespers 1989 Description / Buy
45 Widows 1991 Description / Buy
46 Kiss 1992 Description / Buy
47 Mischief 1993 Description / Buy
48 Romance 1995 Description / Buy
49 Nocturne 1997 Description / Buy
50 The Big Bad City 1998 Description / Buy
51 The Last Dance 1999 Description / Buy
52 Money, Money, Money 2001 Description / Buy
53 Fat Ollie's Book 2002 Description / Buy
54 The Frumious Bandersnatch 2003 Description / Buy
55 Hark! 2004 Description / Buy
56 Fiddlers 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Matthew Hope Series

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1 Goldilocks 1976 Description / Buy
2 Rumpelstiltskin 1981 Description / Buy
3 Beauty And The Beast 1982 Description / Buy
4 Jack and the Beanstalk 1984 Description / Buy
5 Snow White and Rose Red 1985 Description / Buy
6 Cinderella 1986 Description / Buy
7 Puss in Boots 1987 Description / Buy
8 The House That Jack Built 1988 Description / Buy
9 Three Blind Mice 1990 Description / Buy
10 Mary, Mary 1991 Description / Buy
11 There Was A Little Girl 1994 Description / Buy
12 Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear 1996 Description / Buy
13 The Last Best Hope 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Transgressions Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Transgressions 2006 Description / Buy
2 Keller's Adjustment; Forever 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Ed McBain Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Barking at Butterflies 2000 Description / Buy
2 Running from Legs and Other Stories 2002 Description / Buy
3 Learning to Kill 2006 Description / Buy
4 I Like 'Em Tough (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Ed McBain Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Danger 1953 Description / Buy
2 Cut Me In 1954 Description / Buy
3 Runaway Black 1954 Description / Buy
4 The Blackboard Jungle 1954 Description / Buy
5 Death of a Nurse 1955 Description / Buy
6 Tomorrow's World 1956 Description / Buy
7 Vanishing Ladies 1957 Description / Buy
8 Rocket To Luna 1957 Description / Buy
9 The April Robin Murders 1958 Description / Buy
10 Even the Wicked 1958 Description / Buy
11 The Gutter and the Grave 1958 Description / Buy
12 The Gutter and the Grave 1958 Description / Buy
13 Big Man 1959 Description / Buy
14 Strangers When We Met 1959 Description / Buy
15 A Matter of Conviction 1959 Description / Buy
16 The Spiked Heel 1963 Description / Buy
17 Don't Crowd Me 1964 Description / Buy
18 buddwing [75079] 1964 Description / Buy
19 The Sentries 1965 Description / Buy
20 Second Ending 1967 Description / Buy
21 The Paper Dragon 1967 Description / Buy
22 Crime Squad (Short Story) 1968 Description / Buy
23 Last Summer 1968 Description / Buy
24 Downpour (Short Story) 1968 Description / Buy
25 Sons 1969 Description / Buy
26 Ticket to death (Short Story) 1969 Description / Buy
27 Nobody Knew They Were There 1971 Description / Buy
28 Every Little Crook and Nanny 1972 Description / Buy
29 Seven 1972 Description / Buy
30 Come Winter 1973 Description / Buy
31 Doors 1975 Description / Buy
32 Where There's Smoke 1975 Description / Buy
33 The Chisholms 1976 Description / Buy
34 Guns 1976 Description / Buy
35 Mothers and daughters 1977 Description / Buy
36 Walk Proud 1979 Description / Buy
37 Love Dad 1981 Description / Buy
38 Far from the Sea 1982 Description / Buy
39 Lizzie 1984 Description / Buy
40 Streets of Gold 1985 Description / Buy
41 Another Part Of The City 1986 Description / Buy
42 A Horse's Head 1987 Description / Buy
43 Downtown 1989 Description / Buy
44 Gangs! 1989 Description / Buy
45 Scimitar 1992 Description / Buy
46 Criminal Conversation 1994 Description / Buy
47 Privileged Conversation 1995 Description / Buy
48 Driving Lessons 1998 Description / Buy
49 Candyland 2000 Description / Buy
50 The Moment She Was Gone 2002 Description / Buy
51 Alice In Jeopardy 2004 Description / Buy
52 The King's Ransom (Short Story) 2008 Description / Buy
53 So Nude, So Dead 2015 Description / Buy
54 Runaway 2016 Description / Buy
55 Murder in the Navy 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Ed McBain Childrens Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Find the Feathered Serpent 1952 Description / Buy
2 Wonderful Button, The 1961 Description / Buy
3 The Remarkable Harry 1961 Description / Buy
4 Me and Mr. Stenner 1976 Description / Buy

Order of Ed McBain Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Let's Talk 2005 Description / Buy

Anthologies/Collaborations

# Read Title Published Details
1 Great Detective Stories 1979 Description / Buy
2 The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 1999 Description / Buy
3 Transgressions 2005 Description / Buy
4 Transgressions vol. 2 2006 Description / Buy
5 Transgressions vol. 4 2006 Description / Buy
6 Masters of Noir 2010 Description / Buy
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He has written novels, short stories, and screenplays. The most known of his screenplays is probably “The Birds” that was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He was supposed to write “Marnie” but he and Hitchcock clashed on a scene and was fired from the project. Hunter also wrote the “87th Precinct” series, and released at least one novel (sometimes two) a year, starting in 1956 until the year 2005.

ED MCBAIN AWARDS

McBain has been nominated for four Edgar Awards, but he lost each time. He was nominated twice for best short story (“The Last Spin” and “Sardinian Incident”), once for best movie (“The Birds”), and best novel (“Money, Money, Money”). McBain was named Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America. He also received a Diamond Dagger British Crime Writers, and was the first American winner of the award.

ED MCBAIN BOOKS INTO MOVIES/TV

Hunter adapted one of his own novels into a movie, he did this by writing the screenplay for “Strangers When We Meet” based off his novel of the same name that was released in the year 1958. He also wrote “Fuzz” that was based off a novel from the “87th Precincts” series. NBC ran a series called “87th Precinct” that ran from 1961 until 1962. He wrote a novel called “Blackboard Jungle” in 1954, the next year it was made into a movie.

BEST ED MCBAIN BOOKS

For those readers looking to get into novels by Ed McBain, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “Cop Hater” and “The Mugger”.

Cop Hater: This is the first novel in the “87th Precinct” series and was released in the year 1956. Steve Carella is a cop with New York City’s famed 87th Precinct, and thinks that he has seen it all. Nothing is able to prepare him for the sight he sees on a hot July night. One of his fellow detectives (named Mike Reardon) dead on the sidewalk after his face was blown off by a .45. Later, Reardon’s partner is killed too, and a .45 caliber round is found in his chest. It is not a coincidence and Carella knows this. He figures that the whole thing is nothing more than a grudge killing. There is a third murder that ruins his theory. He has but a single clue and he dives deep into the underbelly of the city. Carella goes a gloomy search for answers that takes him from a notorious brothel to a beautiful and dangerous widow. He will not stop until either a bullet finds him or he finds the truth.

The Mugger: This is the second novel in the “87th Precinct” series and was released in the year 1956. There is something special about this mugger. He goes after women in the dark. He goes at them from behind, attacks them, and then takes their purse. The mugger tells them not to scream and as they are in pain on the ground, he bows and then tells them that Clifford thanks them. He puts one victim in the hospital and another in the morgue, making the police angry and going to extreme lengths to bring him to justice. Bert Kling (a young and dashing patrolman) is always ready to help out a friend. Bert’s friend’s sister in law is the murder victim. This gives him some personal reasons to want the maniac killer, and it quickly turns to a burning obsession for him. It may get him killed.

When Does The Next Ed McBain book come out?

Ed McBain doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is I Like 'Em Tough and was released on October, 25th 2016. It is the newest book in the Ed McBain Short Story Collections.

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