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Publication Order of 87th Precinct Books

Cop Hater (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mugger (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pusher (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Con Man (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer's Choice (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady Killer (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer's Wedge (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer's Payoff (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King's Ransom (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
'Til Death (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Heckler (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
See Them Die (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady, Lady, I Did It! (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Empty Hours (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Like Love (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ten Plus One (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ax (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
He Who Hesitates (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doll (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eighty Million Eyes (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fuzz (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shotgun (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jigsaw (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here! (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sadie When She Died (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hail to the Chief (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bread (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Relatives (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
So Long as You Both Shall Live (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Time No See (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calypso (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosts (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heat (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
McBain Brief (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ice (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lightning (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And All Through The House (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eight Black Horses (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poison (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lullaby (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vespers (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tricks (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Widows (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kiss (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mischief (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Romance (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nocturne (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Bad City (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Dance (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Money, Money, Money (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fat Ollie's Book (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frumious Bandersnatch (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hark! (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fiddlers (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Matthew Hope Books

by John Sandford
Goldilocks (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rumpelstiltskin (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beauty And The Beast (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack and the Beanstalk (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snow White and Rose Red (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cinderella (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Puss in Boots (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House That Jack Built (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Blind Mice (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mary, Mary (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
There Was A Little Girl (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gladly the Cross-Eyed Bear (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Best Hope (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Transgressions Books

Transgressions (With: Stephen King,Lawrence Block,Anne Perry,Jeffery Deaver,Sharyn McCrumb,Bonnie Jeanne Perry,Joyce Carol Oates,Walter Mosley,John Farris) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transgressions, Vol. 2 (With: Stephen King,Lawrence Block,John Farris) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Rocket To Luna (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Crowd Me (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Danger: Dinosaurs! (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cut Me In (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Runaway Black (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blackboard Jungle (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Nurse (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Navy (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tomorrow's World (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Second Ending (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vanishing Ladies (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spiked Heel (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I'm Cannon--For Hire (As: Curt Cannon) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strangers When We Met (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Even the Wicked (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gutter and the Grave (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Man (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Matter of Conviction (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buddwing (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sentries (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paper Dragon (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Horse's Head (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Summer (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sons (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nobody Knew They Were There (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Little Crook and Nanny (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come Winter (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Streets of Gold (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doors (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where There's Smoke (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guns (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chisholms (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Dad (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Far from the Sea (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lizzie (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Another Part of the City (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Downtown (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gangs! (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scimitar (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Criminal Conversation (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Privileged Conversation (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Driving Lessons (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Candyland (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moment She Was Gone (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alice In Jeopardy (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
So Nude, So Dead (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Runaway (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Children's Books

Find the Feathered Serpent (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Remarkable Harry (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wonderful Button (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Me and Mr. Stenner (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Let's Talk (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The McBain Brief (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barking at Butterflies (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Running from Legs and Other Stories (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Learning to Kill (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transgressions (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keller's Adjustment; Forever (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Like 'Em Tough (As: Curt Cannon) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jungle Kids (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Curt Cannon Short Story Collections

I Like 'Em Tough (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bingo Riggs and Handsome Kusak Books

The Sunday Pigeon Murders (By: Craig Rice) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Thursday Turkey Murders (By: Craig Rice) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The April Robin Murders (With: Craig Rice) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Great Stories of Mystery and Suspense(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammoth Book of Short Crime Novels(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City Sleuths and Tough Guys(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crimes of Passion(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories 1996(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder For Love(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pulp Frictions: Hardboiled Stories(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crime After Crime(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 1999(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writers on Writing(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mysterious Press Anniversary Anthology: Celebrating 25 Years(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Women(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transgressions(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Price of Desire(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transgressions vol. 4(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transgressions, Vol. 2(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters of Noir, Volume One(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters of Noir, Volume Three(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Books to Die For(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Ed McBain was an American author and screenwriter. He was born in October 1926 and passed away in July 2005, at the honorable age of seventy-eight. He was born under the name Salvatore Albert Lombino, however he legally changed his name in 1952 to Evan Hunter. Despite this, he is far better known under the name Ed McBain, due to the fact that this is author title on his wildly successful collection of crime fiction novels.

Ed McBain was a born and bred New Yorker. He was lived in Harlem, New York City from when he was born until he turned twelve. His family then moved to the Bronx. He attended Olinville Junior High School and proceeded on to Evander Childs High School. However, his artistic talent was recognized at a young age when he won the Art Students League Scholarship. From this he became an art student at the prestigious Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, commonly referred to as simply Cooper Union.

After school, McBain, who at this point still went by the name Lombino went on to serve in the Navy and served in World War Two. This is where is love of writing started as he began to write short stories. However, these stories were not published until years later when he began to establish a name for himself in the writing world. After the War, McBain wanted to return to education and he attended Hunter College in his home city of New York. He graduated with majors in English and Psychology and minors in Dramatics and Education. Hunter College proved vital to his writing career as he published a weekly column in the school’s newspaper. This is where he developed some of the key skills that were necessary in his overall writing career.

In 1981, Hunter College honored him by inducting him into their Hall of Fame for his outstanding professional achievements. McBain knew that he wanted to become a professional writer, however had to do some other jobs to support himself before he could make this possible. One of these jobs included teaching in the Bronx Vocational High School. Although he only lasted a measly seventeen days in this position, it proved an important seventeen days as this experience went on to act as the setting for one of his most successful novels, “Blackboard Jungle”.

In 1951, McBain accepted a job as an executive editor for the Scott Meredith Literary Agency. This is where we was given the chance to work with some very important authors of that time, as well as where he wrote and published his first short story, entitled “Welcome Martians” Throughout his life, McBain had three sons, Richard, Mark and Ted. He was a heavy smoker, which lead to his unfortunate diagnoses of laryngeal cancer. After suffering three heart attacks in his life and surviving cancer once, Ed McBain sadly died of cancer in 2005.

Literary Work

Throughout his life, Ed McBain produced an abundance of excellent novels, mainly in the crime fiction genre. The “87th Precinct” is a serious of police procedural novels that many authors contribute too. McBain’s work in this particular collection is possibly what he is most remembered for. The earliest novel that he wrote as part of this collection is entitled “Cop Hater”, which was published in 1956. This novel follows the work of Detective Steve Carella, who is forced to search the underworld of the city to solve the murder of three of the 87th Precinct’s finest detectives.

Steve Carella is an endearing protagonist, as despite his hard exterior, he shows a vulnerable side when it comes to his beloved Teddy. McBain shows throughout his work, his knack of taking an exciting and mysterious plot and adding some sentiment to it. The novel ends with justice for all, as the two people responsible for the murders of the three detectives are sentenced to death and in perfect fashion, Steve and Teddy are married. The character of Steve Carella is a regular in the 87th Precinct collection, however he does not appear in every individual novel.

Another example of McBain’s earliest novels is the 1956 classic, “The Pusher”. This is another novel taken from the 87th Precinct collection and also featured Detective Steve Carella. This plot of this story starts as the detectives of the precinct discover a young, Hispanic man’s body in the basement of his home. There is a rope around his neck, which strongly suggests he has hung himself, however after the autopsy the detectives discover that the man had actually overdosed on Heroin. In relation to the novel’s title, the man was a pusher. This novel grabs the reader’s attention and does not let go until the very end. The suspense is heightened throughout the plot as the twists and turns of this case continue to confuse and entise Detective Steve Carella.

Throughout his life, Ed McBain continued to write successful novels. And his last novel, Fiddlers, which was actually part of the 87th Precinct collection was published in 2005, the year he passed away.

From Fiction to the Big Screen

Despite being an American, Ed McBain’s work was often adapted to films in other countries. Some of his novels were loosely translated in to French films, such as “Blood Relatives” and “Without Apparent Motive”. Both these films became successful in France. In 1963, Japanese director took McBain’s 1959 novel, “King’s Ransom” and created the movie “High and Low”. One adaptation of McBain’s work that was made and set in America is the 1966 film drama, “Mr Buddwing”. This film is based on the McBain’s 1964 novel, Buddwing. Interestingly at the time, this novel was published under the name Evan Hunter.

The film humorously depicts a man who wakes up on a bench in Central Park, New York, with absolutely no idea who he is or how he got there. We follow the character as he wanders the streets of New York meeting women and trying to understand his own identity. With stars of the time such as Jean Simmons and Angela Lansbury, this is one of the most successful adaptations of Ed McBain’s work.

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7 Responses to “Ed McBain”

  1. Angie Dolan: 1 year ago

    In what year did Hunter (McBain) write The Empty hours ? Why isn’t it listed here ?

    • Graeme: 1 year ago

      It is listed. 1962.

  2. Raisa Ticklén: 2 years ago

    Heard somewhere that in one of the Ed McBain books all the victims are blind. Any idea which book?

    • TUBGy: 2 months ago

      Long Time No See (1977)

  3. andrew bowlby: 2 years ago

    Thank you for your efforts and research.

  4. andrew bowlby: 2 years ago

    Did Evan Hunter write a book called EXIT,said to be published after his death?

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      I researched it and I can’t find any confirmation of him doing that.


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