Guns: a novel

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Random House, 1976 - Fiction - 213 pages
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About the author (1976)

Ed McBain, the author of the popular 87th Precinct series of detective stories, is the pen name of author Evan Hunter, a prolific writer who also writes under the names of Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, Ezra Hannon, and Richard Marsten. Hunter was born in 1926 in East Harlem, N.Y., and grew up in the Bronx. His first major success came in 1954 with the publication of The Blackboard Jungle, a novel that provides a realistic depiction of inner city high schools and the violence and delinquency found there. It was later adapted as a successful film. Shortly after the success of "The Blackboard Jungle," Hunter published his first 87th Precinct books, "Cop Hater," "The Mugger," and "The Pusher," all in 1956. He has since published a new book in the series on an average of once a year. The 87th Precinct books are police procedural murder mysteries, solved by police who work in settings much like those in New York City. Hunter believes he set the standard for the gritty police dramas that are so popular on television, a belief that is borne out by the fact that one of the earliest television police dramas, The 87th Precinct, was based on his books. Aside from novels, Hunter has written juvenile books, plays, television scripts, and stories and articles for magazines. He has won the Mystery Writers of America Award in 1957 and the Grand Master Award in 1986 for lifetime achievement. Evan Hunter has been married three times and has three sons and a stepdaughter.

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