Anyone read this collection of Ed McBain short stories? They were all written at the start of his career, before he got going with the 87th Precinct novels. I think I'm enjoying his notes (on how each story came to be) as much as I am the stories themselves - he had such a warm, conversational tone. And the stories are wonderful. Timeless in theme (if not in colloquialisms). Different from the novels, a little rougher around the edges, but in a good way. This is a great book for fans!