Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thomas & Mercer to Publish 87th Precinct Novels by Ed McBain

Cop Hater by Ed McBain

Amazon.com announced today that its publishing division, more specifically its mystery and suspense imprint Thomas & Mercer, has aquired the publication rights to the 35 titles in the 87 Precinct series by Ed McBain, a pen name used by Evan Hunter. (The first title in the series, Cop Hater, shown right, was published in 1956.) The first books will be published this fall in print, digital and audio formats. In addition, 12 titles from the author's Matthew Hope series will also be published, starting next year.

"McBain is a master of the mystery genre and we are thrilled to be able to repackage, publish and promote his unrivalled body of work," said Philip Patrick, Head of Rights & Licensing, Amazon Publishing. "One of the things we think Amazon Publishing can do is offer signature authors a new life for great backlist titles. Our agreement with the McBain estate is a perfect example of this approach."

McBain won the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement from the Mystery Writers of America in 1986, and he was, in 1998, the first American to receive the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger award, also for lifetime achievement.

(Source: Press Release.)

1 comment:

  1. Note that there is an upcoming companion on Ed McBain/Evan Hunter in the McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction series:
    http://elizabethfoxwell.blogspot.com/2011/09/preliminary-info-mcbainhunter-companion.html

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