Ed McBain/Evan Hunter

A Literary Companion


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About the Book

One of the most prolific crime writers of the last century, Evan Hunter published more than 120 novels from 1952 to 2005 under a variety of pseudonymns. He also wrote several teleplays and screenplays, including Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and the 1954 novel The Blackboard Jungle. When the Mystery Writers of America named Hunter a Grand Master, he gave the designation to his alter ego, Ed McBain, best known for his long-running police procedural series about the detectives of the 87th Precinct. This comprehensive companion provides detailed information about all of Evan Hunter’s/Ed McBain’s works, characters, and recurring themes. From police detective and crime stories to dramatic novels and films, this reference celebrates the vast body of literature of this versatile writer.

About the Author(s)

Erin E. MacDonald is a professor of English at Fanshawe College’s School of Language and Liberal Studies in London, Ontario. She published a literary companion book on Ed McBain and is writing one on Ian Rankin. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of American and Comparative Cultures and in Clues.
Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell, an Agatha Award winner, is managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection.

Bibliographic Details

Erin E. MacDonald. Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 404
Bibliographic Info: 52 photos, chronology, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3488-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8948-0
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii
Preface      1
Organization of the Companion      3
Hunter’s Works in Chronological Order      4
Hunter’s Works in Alphabetical Order      7
A Brief Biography      10
A Career Chronology      14
Appendix A: Map of the 87th Precinct      371
Appendix B: Map of the 87th Precinct
Detective Squad Room      372
Appendix C: References to His Own Works      373
Annotated Bibliography      374
Index      383

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Reviews of the Series: “The McFarland Companion series…has been consistently excellent, both in its choice of subjects and its quality of scholarship and writing”—Mystery Scene
  • “This is the book fans of Evan Hunter and Ed McBain have been waiting for. The first serious look at the master of police procedurals and one of the finest writers of our time.”—Ed Gorman, mystery writer.