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Running from Legs and other stories
McBain, Ed, 1926-2005.
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Unity, Me. : Five Star, 2000.
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202 pages ; 22 cm.
The interview -- The fallen angel -- The prisoner -- Terminal misunderstanding -- The sharers -- The couple next door -- The victim -- But you know us -- Running from Legs -- Happy New Year, Herbie -- The last spin.
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Like his novels, McBain's stories are not neat little plot pieces -- just as in real life the characters' messy problems aren't cleared up at the end with pat solutions. In The Interview, an egotistical director manages to antagonize and alienate everyone connected to the movie industry when he is grilled about a drowning that occurred during a film shoot. A circus owner hires an aerialist in Fallen Angel and gets more than he bargained for. And, in the most affecting, famous story in this collection, The Last Spin, two opposing gang members play a game of Russian roulette.

Author Notes

Ed McBain is a pen name for Evan Hunter who was born in 1926 in East Harlem, New York on October 15, 1926. Hunter was born with the name Salvatore Albert Lombino, and he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. During World War II, Hunter joined the Navy and served aboard a destroyer in the Pacific. He graduated from Hunter College, were he majored in English and psychology, with minors in dramatics and education.

He was a prolific writer who also wrote under the names of Ed McBain, Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, Ezra Hannon, and Richard Marsten. His first major success came in 1954 with the publication of The Blackboard Jungle, which was later adapted as a film. He published the first three books in the 87th Precinct series in 1956 under the name of Ed McBain. He also wrote juvenile books, plays, television scripts, and stories and articles for magazines. He won the Mystery Writers of America Award in 1957 and the Grand Master Award in 1986 for lifetime achievement. He died of laryngeal cancer on July 6, 2005 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography) Ed McBain is the only American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association's highest award. He also holds the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Grand Master Award. His books have sold over one hundred million copies, ranging from his most recent, "The Last Dance", to the bestselling "The Blackboard Jungle", the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" & the bestselling "Privileged Conversation", written under his own name, Evan Hunter. He lives in Connecticut.

(Publisher Provided) Ed McBain, aka Evan Hunter, wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and has written many novels. He is the only American to be awarded Britain's coveted Diamond Dagger Award, the highest honor a suspense writer can achieve. He lives in Connecticut.

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Booklist Review

Hunter, aka Ed McBain, is most famous for his 87th Precinct police procedurals. Those novels set the table for a whole series of successors on both sides of the ocean, from William Caunitz to Joseph Wambaugh to John Harvey to Ian Rankin. McBain, whose noncrime novels have usually appear under the Evan Hunter banner, here gathers a mixed bag of short fiction. There are a couple of crime tales, but most of the stories examine a broader spectrum of the human condition. Among the most memorable are "The Fallen Angel," in which an unusually adept trapeze artist disrupts the lives in a one-ring circus. McBain takes a brief foray into Twilight Zonestyle science fiction in "But You Know Us," and in "The Couple Next Door," a sedate, seemingly content married couple is awarded a glimpse back to their more passionate past. McBain has more literary awards than McGwire has home runs, and each of these gems provides an example of his excellence. --Wes Lukowsky