A showcase of short stories by Mystery
Writers of America's Grand Master, Evan Hunter.
Ed McBain is a pen name of Mystery Writers
of America's Grand Master Evan Hunter, who wrote the screenplays
for his own novel "Strangers When We Meet," Alfred Hitchcock's
"The Birds," and the novel "The Blackboard Jungle." As Ed
McBain, he has written fifty 87th Precinct novels, the blueprint
series for every successful police procedural series.
This original collection of eleven short
stories takes you onto the gritty and violent streets of the
city, and into the darkest places in the human mind. "First
Offense" is narrated from behind bars by a cocky young man
who stabbed a storeowner in a robbery attempt. In "To Break
the Wall," a high school teacher has a violent encounter with
several punks. And a Kim Novak look-alike blurs the line between
fantasy and reality in "The Movie Star." These and eight more
stories showcase the mastery for which the San Diego Union-Tribune
dubbed McBain "the unquestioned king."