From the press release:
Amazon.com today announced that Amazon Publishing has acquired the publication rights of 35 titles in the 87th Precinct Series—including “The Con Man” and “The Mugger”—by author Ed McBain. These books will be published by the Thomas & Mercer imprint in print, digital and audio formats starting in Fall 2011. In addition to the 87th Precinct titles, Thomas & Mercer will publish 12 titles in McBain’s Matthew Hope series starting in Spring 2012. These 12 books will be published in digital and audio format, with most of the 12 available in print format. This is the first time any of these books have been available digitally for readers. Jane Gelfman of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc. represented the estate of Ed McBain in this deal.
Ed McBain was a pseudonym of Evan Hunter, who passed away in 2005. 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. He is the author of the popular 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope series. With more than 100 million books sold worldwide, McBain was praised by critics and fellow writers. “The wit, the pacing, his relish for the drama of human diversity [are] what you remember about the McBain novels,” the Philadelphia Inquirer once said of his writing. People Magazine simply observed that “Ed McBain is, by far, the best at what he does. Case closed.”
“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.”
hope on launch they’ll be available in canada.
I hope that eventually they will be available for all readers and not just for Amazon customers.
I loved the 87th precinct books and since it is so long ago that I read them, just may buy the digital versions when available and read them in order all over again. A good site for finding lists of series in order is: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ in case others would like to do the same.
Oh, my, did I say I’d read all the 87th Precinct books again? Just went to Fantastic Fiction website and there are 55 of them plus 12 Matthew Hope books along with a few others. The poor man must have died from overwork. Well, Amazon obviously didn’t acquire ALL of them because the number above says 47.