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Learning to Kill: Book summary and reviews of Learning to Kill by Ed McBain

Learning to Kill

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by Ed McBain

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Learning to Kill by Ed McBain
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  • Published Jul 2006
    496 pages
    Genre: Short 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 McBain under pseudonyms: Evan Hunter, Richard Marsten, or Hunt Collins.

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"This is an essential volume for McBain fans, an inspiration for aspiring authors and a treasure for both." - PW
"More interesting than the stories themselves are the...insights into his writing, and the short prefaces he gives each section, which provide a window into the times and his own development as a writer." - Booklist

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Ed McBain Author Biography

Ed McBain held the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Grand Master Award, and received an Edgar Award nomination for his novel Money, Money, Money. In 1998, he was the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association's highest award. His books have sold more than one hundred million copies, ranging from the more than fifty titles in the 87th Precinct series to the bestselling novels The Blackboard Jungle and Criminal Conversation, written under his own name, Evan Hunter. Writing as both Ed McBain and Evan Hunter, he broke new ground with Candyland, a novel in two parts. He is also the author of the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

He died in July 2005 from cancer. During his fifty-year career, Hunter (born Salvatore ...

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