Ed McBain

Ed McBain (website) is the pseudonym for the American author Evan Hunter, who passed away in 2005. He is best known for his Matthew Hope series and the 87th Precinct series where his main character, Detective Steve Carella featured quite often. In addition the author has written several standalone novels under various aliases between 1952 and 2005.

Born in New York in October 1926 as Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally changed his name to Evan Hunter in 1952. He served in the Navy and went on to serve in World War II, where he discovered his love for writing. His first works were short stories which got published years later, once he became a well known writer.

Before becoming a full time writer he held various jobs, including a short 17 days as a teacher in the Bronx Vocational High School – experience which was translated to paper in his book Blackboard Jungle, where he used the same school setting.

His first novel is Cop Hater, published in 1956 was also the first book in the 87th Precinct series.

Many of his novels haven been turned into movies, including Blood Relatives and Without Apparent Movive, which has been made into French films, and King’s Ransom which has been made into the movie High and Low in 1963.

The book Buddwing (which he published under the name Evan Hunter) was made into a film drama called Mr. Buddwing in 1966.

The author has passed away in July 2005 at the age of 78. While he is greatly missed ever since, his work has been a great contribution to the crime mystery genre overall.

Here are the Ed McBain books in his series and his stand alone novels in publication order. You can also find all the Ed McBain books on Amazon.


87th Precinct Series In Order Of Publication

1. Cop Hater, 1956

2. The Mugger, 1956

3. The Pusher, 1956

4. The Con Man, 1957

5. Killer’s Choice, 1957

6. Killer’s Payoff, 1957

7. Killer’s Wedge, 1959

8. Lady Killer, 1958

9. ‘Til Death, 1959

10. King’s Ransom, 1959

11. Give the Boys a Great Big Hand, 1960

12. The Heckler, 1960

13. See Them Die, 1960

14. Lady, Lady, I Did It!, 1961

15. The Empty Hours, 1962

16. Like Love, 1962

17. Ten Plus One, 1963

18. Ax, 1964

19. He Who Hesitates, 1964

20. Doll, 1965

21. Eighty Million Eyes, 1966

22. Fuzz, 1968

23. Shotgun, 1969

24. Jigsaw, 1970

25. Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here, 1971

26. Let’s Hear It for the Deaf Man, 1972

27. Sadie When She Died, 1972

28. Hail to the Chief, 1973

29. Bread, 1974

30. Blood Relatives, 1975

31. So Long As You Both Shall Live, 1976

32. Long Time No See, 1977

33. Calypso, 1979

34. Ghosts, 1980

35. Heat, 1981

36. Ice, 1983

37. Lightning, 1984

38. And All Through the House, 1984

39. Eight Black Horses, 1985

40. Poison– 1987

41. Tricks, 1987

42. Lullaby, 1989

43. Vespers, 1990

44. Widows, 1991

45. Kiss, 1992

46. Mischief, 1993

47. Romance, 1995

48. Nocturne, 1997

49. The Big Bad City, 1999

50. The Last Dance, 2000

51. Money, Money, Money, 2001

52. Fat Ollie’s Book, 2002

53. The Frumious Bandersnatch, 2003

54. Hark!, 2004

55. Fiddlers, 2005


Matthew Hope Series In Order Of Publication

1. Goldilocks, 1977

2. Rumpelstiltskin, 1981

3. Beauty & The Beast, 1982

4. Jack & The Beanstalk, 1984

5. Snow White & Rose Red, 1985

6. Cinderella, 1986

7. Puss in Boots, 1987

8. The House that Jack Built, 1988

9. Three Blind Mice, 1990

10. Mary, Mary, 1991

11. There Was A Little Girl, 1994

12. Gladly The Cross-Eyed Bear, 1996

13. The Last Best Hope, 1998


Standalone Novels by Ed McBain

The April Robin Murders (with Craig Rice), 1958

The Sentries, 1965

Where There’s Smoke, 1975

Guns, 1976

Another Part Of The City, 1986

Downtown, 1991

Driving Lessons, 2000

Learning to Kill, 2005

Transgressions, 2005 (edited by Ed McBain)

Women In Jeopardy, 2005

Alice in Jeopardy, 2005


Standalone Novels as Evan Hunter

A Matter of Conviction, 1959

Mothers And Daughters, 1961

Buddwing, 1964

The Paper Dragon, 1966

A Horse’s Head, 1967

Last Summer, 1968

Sons, 1969

Nobody Knew They Were There, 1971

Every Little Crook And Nanny, 1972

Come Winter, 1973

Streets Of Gold, 1974

The Chisholms: A Novel Of The Journey West, 1976

Walk Proud, 1979

Love, Dad, 1981

Far From The Sea, 1983

Lizzie, 1984

Criminal Conversation, 1994

Privileged Conversation, 1996

Candyland, 2001

The Moment She Was Gone, 2002


Standalone Novels Written Under Other Aliases

Cut Me In, 1954 (as Hunt Collins)

Tomorrow And Tomorrow, 1956 (as Hunt Collins)

Rocket To Luna, 1953 (as Richard Marsten)

Danger: Dinosaurs!, 1953 (as Richard Marsten)

Runaway Black, 1954 (as Richard Marsten)

Murder In The Navy, 1955 (as Richard Marsten)

Vanishing Ladies, 1957 (as Richard Marsten)

The Spiked Heel, 1957 (as Richard Marsten)

Even The Wicked, 1958 (as Richard Marsten)

Big Man, 1959 (as Richard Marsten)

I Like ‘Em Tough (short stories), 1958 (as Curt Cannon)

I’m Cannon – For Hire, 1958 (as Curt Cannon)

Doors, 1975 (as Ezra Hannon)

Scimitar, 1992 (as John Abbott)

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