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Learning to Kill: Stories


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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.


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 he would later hone into perhaps the finest police procedural series of all time: the 87th Precinct. Born Salvatore Lombino, McBain (Fiddlers) changed his name legally to Evan Hunter, one of three names these early stories were published under in magazines like Manhunt and Argosy. McBain's entertaining general introduction points to the wide range of his subject matter: "Here were the kids in trouble and the women in jeopardy, here were the private eyes and the gangs. Here were the loose cannons and the innocent bystanders. And here, too, were the cops and robbers." Equally illuminating are his introductions to individual tales like "See Him Die," which, greatly expanded, became the 13th book in the 87th Precinct series. This is an essential volume for McBain fans, an inspiration for aspiring authors and a treasure for both. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Before his death in 2005, McBain collected 25 of the best stories he wrote under the names Evan Hunter, Richard Marsten, and Hunt Collins-before he became legendary mystery writer Ed McBain, author of the "87th Precinct" novels. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.


"Gripping . . . a must for fans who want to see how the master honed his skills."--PEOPLE "The amazing thing about these stories . . . is how strong and clear the voice is--as if the man himself were still in the room."--MARILYN STASIO, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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