Ed McBain
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Ed McBain

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.

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    • Mischief

    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Len Cariou
    • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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    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....

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    • the depth man

    • By steven laws on 07-07-16

    Regular price: £6.49

    • Kiss

    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Len Cariou
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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    Detective Steve Carella is faced with a wealthy blonde sporting a beautiful body and two attempts on her life....

    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Len Cariou
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 07-04-06
    • 3 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

    Regular price: £6.69

    • Puss in Boots

    • Matthew Hope, Book 7
    • By: ` Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Ken Howard
    • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
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    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....

    Regular price: £12.89

    • Three Blind Mice

    • Matthew Hope, Book 9
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Ken Howard
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
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    Jessica Leeds, wife of a prestigious Florida landowner, is brutally raped. Three Vietnamese immigrants are arrested and charged with the crime....

    Regular price: £13.19

    • Downtown

    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Stephen Macht
    • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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    Ed McBain takes us Downtown in a bold, new departure of a novel that will have readers cheering for a lone out-of-towner running for his life in New York City....

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Cinderella

    • Matthew Hope, Book 6
    • By: Ed McBain
    • Narrated by: Ken Howard
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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    Midnight emergencies broke up attorney Matthew Hope's marriage in the first place, so it's nothing new when a radio announcement interrupts him while he's in bed with his ex-wife....

    Regular price: £12.89

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