But his influence on police novels and "dark" fiction, movies, etc. is undeniable.
Evan Hunter age 78 passed away. He wrote books under the name of Ed McBain. His 87th Precinct series was by far the most popular of his writings.
He wrote the Blackboard Jungle and the screen play for The Birds.
This guy was my favorite author and I read everything I can get my hands on by him. Fell in love with his 87th Precinct series with the first book I read and was on the 'notify' list with the local library for years to have them let me know every time a new one came out.
What a loss.........