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 that time. All but five of them were first published in the detective magazine Manhunt and none of them appeared under the Ed McBain byline.Here are kids in trouble and women in jeopardy. Here are private eyes and gangs. Here are loose cannons and innocent bystanders. Here, too, are cops and robbers. These are the stories that prepared Ed McBain to write the beloved 87th Precinct novels. In individual introductions, McBain tells how and why he wrote these stories that were the start of his legendary career.
PRAISE FOR LEARNING TO KILL""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 isas if the man himself were still in the room.""MARILYN STASIO, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW