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Ed McBain, a recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Grand Master Award, was also the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association's highest award. His books have sold more than one hundred million copies, ranging from the more than fifty titles in the 87th Precinct series (including the Edgar Award-nominated Money, Money, Money) to the bestselling novels written under his own name, Evan Hunter -- including The Blackboard Jungle (now in a 50th anniversary edition from Pocket Books) and Criminal Conversation. Fiddlers, his final 87th Precinct novel, was recently published in hardcover. Writing as both Ed McBain and Evan Hunter, he broke new ground with Candyland, a novel in two parts. He also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. He died in 2005.
Standard McBain read with good story line and interesting characters,Published 3 months ago by Doug Swaykoski
Although well written, I was surprised to learn that people in the '50's were so stupid. The NYT says "lively, inventive, convincing, suspenseful, and wholly satisfactory. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Philip Feeley
If you LIKE this one , you're gone LOVE almost all of the sequels: more than 50 by now and continuing the series with style and fun. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2003 by Amazon Customer
I haven't read these 87th Precinct novels in any kind of order, but...this one is certainly well done and although it was written nearly 50 years ago, it's a great start. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002 by Elizabeth Hendry
This is the first McBain book I have read. Like to read a series in order but guess this one will be hard to do as so many are out of print. I thought it was a great read. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001 by Mac Blair
This is the first novel I have read in Ed McBain's 87th precinct series. The book itself was actually released over forty years ago but for the most part the story ages well. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2000 by michael luciano
I have never read any of McBain's books and thought the best place to start was with the first of this series. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2000
This is the novel that started the 87th Precinct series. It introduces Carella, Kling, Teddy, and others in the series during the hunt for a cop killer. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2000 by Larry Eischen