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Stephen King and Nelson DeMille on Ed McBain

I think Evan Hunter, known by that name or as Ed McBain, was one of the most influential writers of the postwar generation. He was the first writer to successfully merge realism with genre fiction, and by so doing I think he may actually have created the kind of popular fiction that drove the best-seller lists and lit up the American imagination in the years 1960 to 2000. Books as disparate as The New Centurions, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Godfather, Black Sunday, and The Shining all owe a debt to Evan Hunter, who taught a whole generation of baby boomers how to write stories that were not only entertaining but that truthfully reflected the times and the culture. He will be remembered for bringing the so-called "police procedural" into the modern age, but he did so much more than that. And he was one hell of a nice man. --Stephen King

Way back in the mid-1970s, when I was a new writer and police series were very big, my editor asked me to do a series called Joe Ryker, NYPD. I had no idea how to write a police detective novel, but the editor handed me a stack of books and said, “These are the 87th Precinct novels by Ed McBain. Read them and you’ll know everything you need to know about police novels.” After I read the first book--which I think was Let’s Hear It for the Deaf Man--I was hooked, and I read every Ed McBain I could get my hands on. Then I sat down and wrote my own detective novel, The Sniper, featuring Joe Ryker. My series never reached the heights of the 87th Precinct series, but by reading those classic masterpieces, I learned all I needed to know about urban crime and how detectives think and act. And I had a hell of a time learning from the master. Years later, when I actually got to meet Ed McBain/Evan Hunter, I told him this story, and he said, “I would have liked it better if my books inspired you to become a detective instead of becoming my competition.” Evan and I became friends, and I was privileged to know him and honored to be in his company. I remain indebted to him for his good advice over the years. But most of all, I thank him for hundreds of hours of great reading. --Nelson DeMille

To read about how Ed McBain influenced other mystery and thriller writers, visit our Perspectives on McBain page.

For a complete selection of 87th Precinct novels available for Kindle (paperbacks coming in February 2012), visit our Ed McBain's 87th Precinct Booklist.


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"Ed McBain is the master of the police procedural and, with its great plotting, slick dialogue and wry humour, this doesn't disappoint." TELEGRAPH & ARGUS (Bradford), 5 Feb --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Thomas & Mercer is thrilled to announce the publication of crime fiction master Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series. Check out the 87th Precinct Booklist to see all available titles.

Product Details

  • Series: 87th Precinct
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781612181745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612181745
  • ASIN: 1612181740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed McBain was one of the many pen names of the successful and prolific crime fiction author Evan Hunter (1926 - 2005). Born Salvatore Lambino in New York, McBain served aboard a destroyer in the US Navy during World War II and then earned a degree from Hunter College in English and Psychology. After a short stint teaching in a high school, McBain went to work for a literary agency in New York, working with authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and P.G. Wodehouse all the while working on his own writing on nights and weekends. He had his first breakthrough in 1954 with the novel The Blackboard Jungle, which was published under his newly legal name Evan Hunter and based on his time teaching in the Bronx.

Perhaps his most popular work, the 87th Precinct series (released mainly under the name Ed McBain) is one of the longest running crime series ever published, debuting in 1956 with Cop Hater and featuring over fifty novels. The series is set in a fictional locale called Isola and features a wide cast of detectives including the prevalent Detective Steve Carella.

McBain was also known as a screenwriter. Most famously he adapted a short story from Daphne Du Maurier into the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). In addition to writing for the silver screen, he wrote for many television series, including Columbo and the NBC series 87th Precinct (1961-1962), based on his popular novels.

McBain was awarded the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 1986 by the Mystery Writers of America and was the first American to receive the Cartier Diamond Dagger award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. He passed away in 2005 in his home in Connecticut after a battle with larynx cancer.

Customer Reviews

This was my first Ed McBain 87th Precinct book.
BLG
Characters are well developed and keeps your interest.
Larry Petersen
A book that is short, easy to read and very good.
Mac Blair

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mac Blair on May 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the fourteenth McBain book I have read and I think I have given all of them a five. This envolves the shooting of four people in book store. One of them is Claire Townsend, the girl fiend of Bert Kling, one of the 87th Precinct policemen. The story takes you through the interview of the people who new and were in contact with the four people killed. Why where they killed? Was it just a random thing or was the killer after one of them and didn't care who else he shot? Was he after Claire? All points that way but don't be sure. All the policemen are after the killer because he killed a girlfriend of one of theirs. You can feel the pain and hurt Bert goes through. You can see how hard the others are wanting to catch the killer. A clue is there from the beginning but does not dawn on the searchers until the last. You will be surprised. A book that is short, easy to read and very good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tristan on January 24, 2012
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This book is harder to review. I definitely enjoy McBain's style of writing and continue to be amazed by how relevant his characters, crime scenes and conversation is today, year 2012. However, it is this same realism that prevents the story from taking an unexpected turn or twist. Hence, I would classify this story as belonging more to a "realistic crime" genre, rather than a "mystery/thriller", the former being more grounded on the fact that life isn't as dynamic as Hollywood is, and the latter being more for reading enjoyment/whodunit thrill.

This does not take away from the fact that this is an excellently written piece of fiction, and I remain a fan of the author.

Recommendation: Read it, with my disclaimer above.

Update: Now that I have read more of the 87th precinct books, my appreciation for Lady, Lady I Did It has increased. If you read the series in order, from the start, you will have a deeper connection with Kling and Claire, two key characters in this segment. That connection will make this one a more emotional read, thus making it come more alive than if you read it as a stand alone novel, which is kind of how I approached it when I first reviewed this book. My updated rating is a 4.5.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jill Moloney on March 29, 2000
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This book is a must read for every 87th precinct fan. It provides that gritty McBain action, along with some important emotional moments for our favorite homocide detectives. Bert Kling loses someone close to him in a tragic accident. Bert and the whole precinct doggedly pursue the killer which leads to a thrilling climax.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madame34 on March 2, 2012
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It is good to know that there are quite a few books in this series. Lady, Lady, I Did It was my first foray. I intend to read another one soon.
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The fourteenth entry in Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series hits close to home for the detectives of the precinct. Indian Summer has rolled around again in Isola, and on a late afternoon a gunman callously murders four people in a bookstore. The gunman gets away and the survivors are unable to provide a decent description. One of his victims, though, is closely tied to Detective Bert Kling.

The case thus takes on personal overtones for Kling and for the other detectives on the squad as well because one of their own has been affected. But trying to find a motive for the killings, let alone the elusive gunman will prove to be a daunting task.

This is another of the better early books in the series because the case becomes so personal for the detectives involved and thus demonstrates the ties that bind them together. It also shows the frustrations of a difficult case and the way in which a potential solution may turn on the smallest of clues. A solid, entertaining read.
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An 87th precinct police procedural. Detective Bert King's fiance Claire Thompson is murdered in what is called the book store massacre. A junkie, a professor, the book store owner and his beautiful fiance are all killed. Now, the question is, who was the target and why, and who was killed just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well done police procedural where one of the detectives is very directly affected.
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By BLG on January 28, 2014
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This was my first Ed McBain 87th Precinct book. It was easy to read and had a good story line. I liked it so much I just purchased two other 87th Precinct books.
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Read as light reading and that was all the book provided. Not a very interning plot. Better mysteries available and worth my time.
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