Pseudonym for Ed McBain.
He was born in New York City. Married Anita Melnick, 1949
(divorced), 3 children (Ted, Mark, Richard); married Mary
Vann Finley, 1973 (divorced), 1 stepdaughter (Amanda);
married Dragica Dimitrijevic, 1997.
During World War II he served in the US Navy, and then took
a university degree, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. A few months
of teaching in high school were followed by a job in a
literary agency in New York. He describes himself at this
time as "fiercely ambitious", doing a full day's work in the
agency and spending all his nights and weekends writing. His
first success, published under the name Evan Hunter, was THE
BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1954) -- a tough novel of New York life,
about an idealistic teacher in a slum high school. It was
later made into a film with Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier.
Since then he has written more than eighty novels, writing
under several names, but most famously as Evan Hunter and Ed
McBain. He has also written many screenplays, including the
one for Hitchcock's film THE BIRDS. As Ed McBain, he is the
author of the 87th Precinct novels, the longest, the most
varied, and possibly the most popular crime series in the
world. These novels are about a team of policemen, usually
including Detective Steve Carella, and are set in an
"imaginary city". There are fifty-two 87th Precinct novels.