Re: RARA-AVIS: "Evan Hunter" et al ...

From: Sidney Allinson (
Date: 27 Feb 2003

> I want to find the one that Evan Hunter sold for him when Hunter
> was working for Scott Meredith. It was for a struggling paperback house
> published novels under the Falcon imprint. The fee was $250 down and
> $250 on handing in an approved manuscript. The whole thing went smoothly
> he collected the second fee but then Hunter called him and told him he had
> add 5000 words to the end of the novel. The way Turner managed it was
> slick and won Hunter's admiration. Hunter had personal experience with
> publisher as they published his first mystery the legendary THE EVIL
> (1952) as well as another the same year THE BIG FIX, later reprinted by
> Medal as SO NUDE, SO DEAD as by Richard Marsten.

Interesting about "Evan Hunter" and his other pen names. I first spotted at the front of one of his early novels that the book was copyright registered to Salvatore A. Lombino. From what I've seen in later "Ed McBain" and "Evan Hunter" books, he no longer mentions Lombino, which was his birth-name. I undersand that the author legally changed his name to "Ed McBain."
-- Sidney.

He was born on the 15th of October in 1926, the only child of parents of

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