Friday, November 11, 2011

Thomas & Mercer nabs McBain's 87th Precinct

Amazon's new mystery and thriller imprint Thomas & Mercer has acquired nearly 50 books written by mystery fiction legend Ed McBain, creator of the 87th Precinct series. The publisher will be releasing titles in both the 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope series in print, digital and audio formats, starting with The Mugger and The Con Man in December.
"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."
Ed McBain was one of the many pen names of prolific author Evan Hunter (1926-2005). He created the ground-breaking police procedural 87th Precinct series, one of the longest running crime series ever published, which debuted in 1956 with Cop Hater and continued for more than 50 novels. McBain won the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement from the Mystery Writers of America in 1986, and he was the first American to receive the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain's Cartier Diamond Dagger award. In his career, he sold more than 100 million books worldwide.
"Evan was always an innovator and I am thrilled that these books will be available again for his countless fans as well as a new generation of readers," said Dina Hunter, widow of Evan Hunter.
Thomas & Mercer imprint will publish McBain's books starting in Fall 2011 (press release)
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