Ed McBain's long-running series of mystery novels spanned fifty years and over fifty books. Based in the fictional city of Isola (with its eerie similarities to New York), McBain's conscientious cops spent thousands of pages chasing down every sort of villainous behaviour. From 1956 to 2005, readers were introduced to serial killers, money laundering, granny dumping and more.
McBain proved a savvy and adaptable writer - not only giving readers the latest in the substance of crime fiction, but also the style. This impacted everything - the details (the police officers' salaries, political events), the methods (from card catalogs full of missing persons to the DNA database), to the crimes (muggings to cocaine smuggling) to the overall tone and voice of the books. Over fifty years, his characters change from innocent to jaded, the crimes become more dark and more detailed; the whole feel of the city changes from decade to decade.