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Learning to Kill

by Ed Mcbain

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.

Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (87th Precinct #27)

by Ed Mcbain

What with one thing and another, such as a highly successful cat burglar and what seemed to be a hippie crucifixion, the 87th Precinct didn't need The Deaf Man. Especially since he'd already put in two previous appearances resulting in blackmail, murder and general havoc. But they had him, certainly, they very definitely had him -or was it he that had them? This time, The Deaf Man thinks it fitting that a police detective will help him rob a bank.

Lightning (87th Precinct #37)

by Ed Mcbain

Two perps --one a serial killer and the other a rapist who revisits his victims--test the limits of the 87th Precinct's detectives as they race to catch these maniacs loose on the city's streets.

Like Love (87th Precinct #16)

by Ed Mcbain

It was obviously a lovers' pact, a sad but simple suicide, case closed. Yet somehow everything was a little too neat...

Lullaby (87th Precinct #41)

by Ed Mcbain

Lullaby delivers McBain's boldest, most electrifying, most complexly plotted novel yet.

Money, Money, Money (87th Precinct #51)

by Ed Mcbain

The lions in the city zoo get an unauthorized feeding on a young woman's body and there's a trash can stuffed with a book salesman, in the 87th precinct.

Nocturne (87th Precinct #48)

by Ed Mcbain

The murder of a musician appears to have been caused by a robbery, but detectives Carella and Hawes believe there's more to the case.

Romance (87th Precinct #47)

by Ed Mcbain

Another police procedural of the 87th precinct.

There Was a Little Girl (Matthew Hope #11)

by Ed Mcbain

The first bullet hit Matthew Hope in the shoulder. The second one hit him in the chest. A story about carnivals, midgets, sex, infidelity and crime.

Three Blind Mice (Matthew Hope #9)

by Ed Mcbain

When 3 Vietnamese men are acquitted of raping the wife of a prestigious landowner, the husband threatens to take justice into his own hands.

Transgressions

by Ed Mcbain

Forge Books is proud to present an amazing collection of novellas, compiled by New York Times bestselling author Ed McBain. Transgressions is a quintessential classic of never-before-published tales from today's very best novelists. Faeturing: "Walking Around Money" by Donald E. Westlake: The master of the comic mystery is back with an all-new novella featuring hapless crook John Dortmunder, who gets involved in a crime that supposedly no one will ever know happened. Naturally, when something it too good to be true, it usually is, and Dortmunder is going to get to the bottom of this caper before he's left holding the bag."Hostages" by Anne Perry: The bestselling historical mystery author has written a tale of beautiful yet still savage Ireland today. In their eternal struggle for freedom, there is about to be a changing of the guard in the Irish Republican Army. Yet for some, old habits-and honor-still die hard, even at gunpoint."The Corn Maiden" by Joyce Carol Oates: When a fourteen-year-old girl is abducted in a small New York town, the crime starts a spiral of destruction and despair as only this master of psychological suspense could write it."Archibald Lawless, Anarchist at Large: Walking the Line" by Walter Mosley: Felix Orlean is a New York City journalism student who needs a job to cover his rent. An ad in the paper leads him to Archibald Lawless, and a descent into a shadow world where no one and nothing is as it first seems."The Resurrection Man" by Sharyn McCrumb": During America's first century, doctors used any means necessary to advance their craft-including dissecting corpses. Sharyn McCrumb brings the South of the 1850s to life in this story of a man who is assigned to dig up bodies to help those that are still alive."Merely Hate" by Ed McBain: When a string of Muslim cabdrivers are killed, and the evidence points to another ethnic group, the detectives of the 87th Precinct must hunt down a killer before the city explodes in violence."The Things They Left Behind" by Stephen King: In the wake of the worst disaster on American soil, one man is coming to terms with the aftermath of the Twin Towers-when he begins finding the things they left behind."The Ransome Women" by John Farris: A young and beautiful starving artist is looking to catch a break when her idol, the reclusive portraitist John Ransome offers her a lucrative year-long modeling contract. But how long will her excitement last when she discovers the fate shared by all Ransome's past subjects? "Forever" by Jeffery Deaver: Talbot Simms is an unusual cop-he's a statistician with the Westbrook County Sheriff Department. When two wealthy couples in the county commit suicide one right after the other, he thinks that it isn't suicide-it's murder, and he's going to find how who was behind it, and how the did it."Keller's Adjustment" by Lawrence Block: Everyone's favorite hit man is back in MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block's novella, where the philosophical Keller deals out philosophy and murder on a meandering road trip from one end of the America to the other.

Vespers (87th Precinct #42)

by Ed Mcbain

An 87th Precinct novel.

Where There's Smoke

by Ed Mcbain

Someone has committed the perfect crime-. And when Smoke investagates he's in for surprises. From black magic to murder and a woman who believes she's Cleopatra.

Widows (87th Precinct #43)

by Ed Mcbain

The only clues to the killing of a beautiful young woman in a lush penthouse apartment are a steamy collection of erotic letters and 32 knife wounds.

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