Ed Lacy was born Leonard "Len" S. Zinberg in New York City on August 25, 1911. During the late 1920s, he attended the College of the City of New York, then wandered the U.S. in the next decade working odd jobs. Returning to New York in the early 40s, he married Esther, and except for a stint in the army in WWII, lived with his wife and daughter in New York City on the fringes of Harlem the rest of his life. A huge fight fan, Zinberg&spod;s first published novel in 1940 was a boxing story, and became a Broadway play. He went on to create "the first credible African-American PI," Touie Moore, in Room to Swing, which won the Edgar for Best Novel in 1958. Overall, Zinberg published 29 novels and over 90 short stories before his death by heart attack on January 7, 1968.
- Lead With Your Left / The Best That Ever Did It
- Two gritty New York City murder mysteries from the 1950s. "One of the most interesting writers of the paperback originals."—Marv Lachman, 20th Century Crime & Mystery Writers. New introduction by Bud Elder. January 2019.
- The Men From the Boys
- An ex-cop hits the skids when he takes a job as a seedy house dick. "It is a vivid, hard-hitting police story—with no punches pulled."—Will Ousler. February 2018. Black Gat #14.