Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Sad news in the crime fiction world

Ed McBain (Evan Hunter) has died after a long battle with cancer.

I can't remember when I read the first 87th precinct novel, but I remember how it blew me away. I was still planning a career in law enforcement, and I was a police cadet, and I knew just enough about "real cops" to know that McBain had it down pat. He was a key inspiration for my writing career - both fiction and nonfiction.

His is a profound loss to the genre.


Blogger Meg said...

Thank you for posting this. I had no idea he was even still alive, frankly -- *I* was reading him when I was a teenager, and he was also part of what led to my own interest in law enforcement. One of my favorites is his second or third novel, "Till Death." It should say something for the book's power that I can still recall the title, despite the fact that if it's available anywhere, I sure can't find it -- including at the local library.

Time to get back into the Ed McBains they *do* have.

7/7/05 4:36 AM  

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