RIP: Evan Hunter (Ed McBain)

Evan Hunter, author (as Ed McBain) of the 87th Precinct Series of detective novels, died Wednesday at 78. We have over 100 of his books, 4 of his full-length books on cd, and 16 of his books on cassette.

Hunter essentially created the police procedural novel in 1956 with Cop Hater, the first of the 87th Precinct novels, and many of the conventions of modern crime drama can be traced back to his work.