Learning to Kill: Stories

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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 he was Ed McBain. All but five of them were first published in the detective magazine Manhunt and none of them appeared under the Ed McBain byline. They were written by Evan Hunter (McBain's legal name as of 1952), Richard Marsten (a pseudonym derived from the names of his three sons), or Hunt Collins (in honor of his alma mater, Hunter College).

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 Evan Hunter to become Ed McBain, and 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.

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PRAISE FOR ED MCBAIN
"One of the most prolific and admired writers of crime fiction in the world . . . McBain could not write a bad line. He owned every inch of turf in his world, where the law worked because, for all their flaws, his characters cared about justice, and where the moral order prevailed because good, for all its ambiguities, trumped evil."—New York Daily News



"One of the greatest American crime writers . . . his tales of the city are timeless."—The Washington Post



"McBain—if not the father, at least the godfather of the police procedural genre—created a body of work unique in American fiction both in quantity and in quality."—San Diego Union Tribune



"McBain has a great approach, great attitude, terrific style, strong plots, excellent dialogue, sense of place, and sense of reality."—Elmore Leonard



"Ed McBain is a master. He is a superior stylist, a spinner of artfully designed and sometimes macabre plots."—Newsweek

About the Author:

ED McBAIN holds the Mystery Writers of America's prestigious Grand Master Award and was the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers' Association's highest award. The author of more than one hundred books, he lives in Connecticut.

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