Learning to Kill: Stories
Large Print Edition
By Ed McBain
Thorndike Press, (2006), 609 pages ISBN: 978-0786289721
Genre: Mystery, Short Stories
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - April 30, 2010
The late Evan Hunter (1926-2005) wrote some books under his legal name, many under the name Ed McBain, and still others under other pseudonyms. The Ed McBain police procedurals, his 87th Precinct novels, were and still are best sellers that are beloved by his fans. This volume was written before but published after his death. It contains a seven page introduction by McBain in which he tells the history of the 25 excellent short stories collected in this volume. All of them were written between 1952 and 1957. The stories are introduced by McBain saying something about them, such as how the story later developed into a novel. The book ends with an afterword where McBain relates more about his writing history and a bibliography giving the date, publication, and pseudonym used for each of the 25 tales.
In short, Ed McBain fans will gain two things from reading this book. They will read fascinating crime stories and will see how their hero developed his masterful writing style.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.