Ed McBain

1926 - 2005

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Evan Hunter (born Salvatore Albert Lombino; October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) was an American author of crime and mystery fiction. He is best known as the author of 87th Precinct novels, published under the pen name Ed McBain, which are considered staples of police procedural genre. His other notable works include The Blackboard Jungle, a semi-autobiographical novel about life in a troubled inner-city school, which was adapted into a hit 1955 film of the same name. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ed McBain has received more than 324,806 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Ed McBain is the 2,120th most popular writer (down from 1,957th in 2019), the 2,660th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,551st in 2019) and the 232nd most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

Blood Relatives
Fiction, Police, 87th Precinct (Imaginary place)
Ten Plus One
87th Precinct (Imaginary place), American Detective and mystery stories, Fiction
The pusher
Fiction, Fiction in English, Police
King's ransom
Fiction, Large type books, Fiction in English


Among writers, Ed McBain ranks 2,120 out of 7,302Before him are Orderic Vitalis, John Kennedy Toole, Consort Ban, Tadeusz Borowski, Dexippus, and Maurice Joly. After him are Asma bint Marwan, Yvan Goll, Stefania Wilczyńska, Al-Sharif al-Radi, James Boswell, and Pavel Kohout.

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Among people born in 1926, Ed McBain ranks 140Before him are Erich Juskowiak, Bal Thackeray, Sergio Pininfarina, Karel Reisz, Jérôme Lejeune, and Choi Eun-hee. After him are Jürgen Moltmann, Jean-Marie Lustiger, Raul Hilberg, Bhupen Hazarika, Jambyn Batmönkh, and Joshua Fishman. Among people deceased in 2005, Ed McBain ranks 85Before him are Annette Stroyberg, Urie Bronfenbrenner, Álvaro Cunhal, Andre Gunder Frank, Alberto Lattuada, and Alexander Yakovlev. After him are Amrita Pritam, Jef Raskin, Julio César Turbay Ayala, Edward Bunker, Erich Topp, and George Mikan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ed McBain ranks 2,660 out of 20,380Before him are Monte Melkonian (1957), John Basilone (1916), Merian C. Cooper (1893), John Kennedy Toole (1937), David Baltimore (1938), and Lew Wallace (1827). After him are Edsel Ford (1893), Larry Sanger (1968), Téa Leoni (1966), Nicholas Negroponte (1943), Eddie Fisher (1928), and Lorenzo Lamas (1958).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Ed McBain ranks 232Before him are John Grinder (1940), Walter Tevis (1928), James M. Cain (1892), Terry Brooks (1944), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919), and John Kennedy Toole (1937). After him are Flannery O'Connor (1925), Siri Hustvedt (1955), Nelson Algren (1909), S. S. Van Dine (1888), Jacques Futrelle (1875), and Samuel R. Delany (1942).