A few months ago I was invited to contribute a brief memory about my discovery of Ed McBain’s writing, in particular his excellent 87th Precinct novels, and their influence on my own work. It is a page put together by Amazon to coincide with their rerelease, in ebook format, of the McBain series.

I’m honored to be in the company of so many writers whose writing I’ve long admired, among them Stephen King, Lawrence Block, Harry Shannon, Bill Crider, Max Allan Collins, and many more.

I hope you check it out, and even more importantly, if you’re not familiar with McBain’s work, there’s no finer place to begin than with the 87th Precinct novels, the granddaddies of police procedurals and damn fine reads.