Learning to Kill by Ed McBain
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Ed McBain made his debut in 1956. In 2004, more than a hundred books later, he personally collected twenty-five of his stories written before that time. All but five of them were first published in the detective magazine Manhunt and none of them appeared under the Ed McBain byline.

Here are kids in trouble and women in jeopardy. Here are private eyes and gangs. Here are loose cannons and innocent bystanders. Here, too, are cops and robbers. These are the stories that prepared Ed McBain to write the beloved 87th Precinct novels. In individual introductions, McBain tells how and why he wrote these stories that were the start of his legendary career.

 

About Ed McBain

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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.Visit www.edmcbain.com.
 
Published June 4, 2007 by Mariner Books. 495 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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One last gift to fans saddened by Evan Hunter's recent death: a roundup of 25 stories from 1952-57, when he was first transforming himself into Ed McBain.

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The 25 crime stories the late MWA Grand Master (1926–2005) wrote between 1952 and 1957 and selected for this thematically arranged collection display in embryo the style and techniques that h

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The 25 crime stories the late MWA Grand Master (1926–2005) wrote between 1952 and 1957 and selected for this thematically arranged collection display in embryo the style and techniques that h

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NPR coverage of Learning to Kill: Stories by Ed McBain. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.

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The stories were carefully selected by McBain.

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The book ends with an afterword where McBain relates more about his writing history and a bibliography giving the date, publication, and pseudonym used for each of the 25 tales.

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