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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 Hunter wrote some stories while serving in the navy during World War Two, but they would not be published until the fifties, when he was an established author.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

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

Order of Matthew Hope Series

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

Order of Transgressions Series with Stephen King, Lawrence Block, John Farris

1Transgressions 2006Description / Buy
2Transgressions, Vol. 2 ( With: Stephen King, Lawrence Block, John Farris) 2006Description / Buy

Order of Ed McBain Standalone Novels

1Rocket To Luna 1953Description / Buy
2Don't Crowd Me 1953Description / Buy
3Danger: Dinosaurs! 1953Description / Buy
4Cut Me In 1954Description / Buy
5Runaway Black 1954Description / Buy
6The Blackboard Jungle 1954Description / Buy
7Death of a Nurse 1955Description / Buy
8Murder in the Navy 1955Description / Buy
9Tomorrow's World 1956Description / Buy
10Second Ending 1956Description / Buy
11Vanishing Ladies 1957Description / Buy
12The Spiked Heel 1957Description / Buy
13Strangers When We Met 1958Description / Buy
14Even the Wicked 1958Description / Buy
15The Gutter and the Grave 1958Description / Buy
16Big Man 1959Description / Buy
17A Matter of Conviction 1959Description / Buy
18Buddwing 1964Description / Buy
19The Sentries 1965Description / Buy
20The Paper Dragon 1967Description / Buy
21A Horse's Head 1967Description / Buy
22Last Summer 1968Description / Buy
23Sons 1969Description / Buy
24Nobody Knew They Were There 1971Description / Buy
25Every Little Crook and Nanny 1972Description / Buy
26Seven 1972Description / Buy
27Come Winter 1973Description / Buy
28Streets of Gold 1974Description / Buy
29Doors 1975Description / Buy
30Where There's Smoke 1975Description / Buy
31Guns 1976Description / Buy
32The Chisholms 1976Description / Buy
33Mothers and daughters 1977Description / Buy
34Love Dad 1981Description / Buy
35Far from the Sea 1982Description / Buy
36Lizzie 1984Description / Buy
37Another Part Of The City 1986Description / Buy
38Downtown 1989Description / Buy
39Gangs! 1989Description / Buy
40Scimitar 1992Description / Buy
41Criminal Conversation 1994Description / Buy
42Privileged Conversation 1995Description / Buy
43Driving Lessons 1998Description / Buy
44Candyland 2000Description / Buy
45The Moment She Was Gone 2002Description / Buy
46Alice In Jeopardy 2004Description / Buy
47So Nude, So Dead 2015Description / Buy
48Runaway 2016Description / Buy

Order of Ed McBain Children's Books

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

Order of Ed McBain Non-Fiction Books

1Let's Talk 2005Description / Buy

Order of Ed McBain Short Story Collections

1The McBain Brief 1982Description / Buy
2Barking at Butterflies 2000Description / Buy
3Running from Legs and Other Stories 2002Description / Buy
4Learning to Kill 2006Description / Buy
5Transgressions 2006Description / Buy
6Keller's Adjustment; Forever 2006Description / Buy
7I Like 'Em Tough (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

1The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000Description / Buy
2The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000Description / Buy
3The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002Description / Buy
4The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003Description / Buy
5The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004Description / Buy

Order of Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak Series

1The Sunday Pigeon Murders ( By: Craig Rice) 1942Description / Buy
2The Thursday Turkey Murders ( By: Craig Rice) 1943Description / Buy
3The April Robin Murders ( With: Craig Rice) 1958Description / Buy

Ed McBain Anthologies

1 Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense1981Description / Buy
2 City Sleuths and Tough Guys1989Description / Buy
3 The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories1996Description / Buy
4 Crime After Crime1999Description / Buy
5 The Best American Mystery Stories 19991999Description / Buy
6 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 12000Description / Buy
7 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 22000Description / Buy
8 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 32002Description / Buy
9 Dangerous Women2005Description / Buy
10 Transgressions2005Description / Buy
11 Transgressions vol. 42006Description / Buy
12 Transgressions, Vol. 22006Description / Buy
13 Masters of Noir2010Description / Buy
14 Books to Die For2012Description / 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.


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.


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.


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 Runaway and was released on October, 26th 2016.


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