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"The Pack": characters in the fiction of Louis Joseph Vance. The Pack was a committee at the core of the criminal societies of the world. Fearful of him, but respectful of him, The Pack kept trying to co-opt Michael Lanyard (The Lone Wolf) to become part of their group. Members include: * Count De Morbihan "standing for the gratin of Paris" * Popinot, representing the Apaches * Mr. Smith, mysterious American * Wertheimer, for the "swell-mobsmen of England" Frank L. Packard, full name Frank Lucius Packard (2 Feb 1877-17 Feb 1942): Montreal, Canada-born (two parents from U.S.A.); civil engineer; Canadian Pacific Railway employee; engraver: * 24 mystery/detective novels with series character Jimmie Dale (wealthy society club-crawler by day, safecracker by night under alias "the Gray Seal"); typically analyzing the social corruption of New York City before the Mafia controlled the underworld. * 2 mystery/detective story collections * 2 unrelated novels * 3 unrelated story collections Frank L. Packard @ MGrost Katherine Hall Page; Lexington, Massachusetts; no known web page, but see more complete bibliography at Sisters in Crime: Authors and also see Juvenile/Young Adult page {to be done}; * 9 mystery/detective novels with recipes and series character Faith Fairchild (clerk, caterer, mother, amateur detective): * The Body In The Fjord [New York: Morrow, October 1997] * The Body In The Bog [New York: Morrow] hardcover * The Body In The Basement [New York: Avon] paperback * The Body In The Cast [New York: Avon] paperback * The Body In The Vestibule [New York: Avon] paperback * The Body In The Bouillon [New York: Avon] paperback * The Body In The Kelp [New York: St. Martin's, hardcover; Avon, paperback] * The Body In The Belfrey [New York: Avon] paperback Winner: Agatha Award winner * "The Body In The Redwoods" - included in Murder, They Wrote [New York: Berkley] paperback; Edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Elizabeth Foxwell Marco Page: pseudonym of Harry Kurnitz (5 Jan 1909-18 Mar 1968) Philadelphia "Record" book/music reviewer; MGM screenwriter: * 4 mystery/detective novels in which the "maguffin" is variously a set of rare books, a Stradavarius violin, an art collection, and a movie which comes too close to the truth of a real murder * 4 mystery/detective plays (which used his talent for witty dialogue) * 34 screenplays, including: * Shadow of the Thin Man [1941] co-author Irvine Brecher * The Thin Man Goes Home [1945] co-authors Robert Riskin & Dwight Taylor * The Web [1947] co-authors William Bowers & Bertram Millhauser * Land of the Pharaohs [1955] co-authors William Faulkner & Harold Jack Bloom * Witness for the Prosecution [1957] co-authors Billy Wilder & Larry Marcus * Hatari! [1962] co-author Leigh Brackett * How to Steal a Million [1966] Norvell Page: Norvell Page @ MGrost Robin Page: see Susan Wittig Albert "Dr. Stanislaus Alexander Palfrey": anti-espionage character in the fiction of John Creasy. Dr. Stanislaus Alexander Palfrey headed the underground Z5 organization, primarily for anti-Nazi activity during World War II. After the war, Dr. Palfrey and his group battled mad scientists and other extra-national conspirators. Bill Palmer: Bill Palmer Karen and Bill Palmer: Karen and Bill Palmer newer than above "Harry Palmer": espionage character in the fiction of Len Deighton. Harry Palmer is a British secret agent, never named in the books, but named in the film starring Michael Caine. An unlikely agent, Harry Palmer doesn't like spying, is lazy, likes to sleep ("flake out"), sleep with young women, and make ironic pronouncements. John Leslie Palmer: pseudonym of Francis Beeding Stuart Palmer, full name Charles Stuart Palmer (21 Jun 1905-4 Feb 1968): Liaison Chief for Filmmaking in U.S. Army; Ringling Brothers clown; 5 marriages; 1954-55 President, Mystery Writers of America: * 19 mystery/detective novels with series characters Howie Rook, Hildegarde "Hildy" Withers * Howard "Howie" Rook novels include: * Unhappy Hooligan [1956] * Hildegarde "Hildy" Withers novels include: * Four Lost Ladies [1949] * Green Ace [1950] * Miss Withers Regrets [1947] * People vs Withers and Malone [1963] co-author Craid Rice * Penguin Pool Murder [1931] recommeneded * "Where Angels Fear To Tread" [1951] * 5 mystery/detective story collections * 22 screenplays (incluing 3 Bulldog Drummond films) Stuart Palmer @ MGrost "Saul Panzer": free-lance detective in the fiction of Rex Stout. Saul Panzer is sometimes hired by Nero Wolfe to assist in cracking difficult cases. Saul Panzer modestly cliams "I've developed my faculties," but Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin both think more highly of Panzer, in part because of his successes. As Panzer once said: "This is only the third time I've flopped on you in ten years and that's too often. I don't want ypu to pay me, not even expenses." Normally (when he helps solve the mystery) he charges double the rate of other free-lance detectives. Saul Panzer's nose dominates his small wrinkled face. Since he rarely shaves and rarely has his suit pressed, he looks like a bum. Yet his earnings have allowed him to buy two houses in Brooklyn, and his only drink is fine Champagne. Sarah Paretsky: Sara Paretsky home page Sarah Paretsky @bdd Sarah Paretsky Sarah Paretsky; Chicago, Illinois; * Woman On The Case [New York: Delacorte] hardcover ISBN 0-385-31401-9; $21.95; * Windy City Blues [New York: Delacorte] hardcover ISBN 0-385-31502-3; $19.95 * Tunnel Vision[New York: Delacorte] hardcover ISBN 0-385-29932-X; $21.95 * Blood Shot (1988) * Burn Marks (1990) * Bitter Medicine * Killing Orders * Deadlock * Indemnity Only * Guardian Angel (1992) Edith Pargeter: see Ellis Peters "Wade Paris": Massachusetts State Police character in the fiction of Ben Benson, who quickly climbs the ladder from Detective-Inspector to Acting Chief of Detectives. Other cops tend to dislike his intense focus, call him "Old Icewater", yet reluctantly admit that his unflappable single-minded approach gets results. Dee Parkar: Dee Parkar "Parker": criminal character in the fiction of Richard Stark (pseudonym of Donald E. Westlake). The professional thief has a first name, one presumes, but we never know it. Extremely tough, but also extremely meticulous, he brilliantly organizes for major capers by assembling, training, and rehearsing the elite safe-crackers, gunmen, drivers, and so forth. During the exhaustive planning and practicing, he is so obsessed with the work that he becomes impotent, and then vigorously rebounds to virility after the crime is done. Though the plans and rehearsals are precise as clockwork, something usually goes wrong, and Parker barely manages to escape. His relationship with the syndicate that financed his operations became increasingly strained. His wife fingered him to the syndicate, and he had to leave his money at home and flee for his life. His wife then committed suicide, and Parker had plastic surgery, so those who oppose him don't know what he looks like. Barbara Parker; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Barbara Parker home page see also more complete bibliography at Sisters in Crime: Authors * 4 mystery/detective novels with series character Gail Connor (attorney): * Criminal Justice [New York: Dutton] hardcover Druggies versus Drug Enforcement Administration * Blood Relations [New York: Dutton] hardcover Witnesses who know too much about the son of the prosecutor start turning up dead * Suspicion of Guilt [New York: Signet] paperback It looks like simple forgery, until the corpse is found... * Suspicion of Innocence [New York: Signet] paperback Could our heroine have murdered her sister? Absurd. But lawyer Gail Connor is guilty until proven innocent... Judith R. Parker; Ronald, Washington; no known web page; * The House Sitter [New York: Zebra] ISBN 0-8217-4594-8; $4.50; housesitter entangled in murder mystery "Dr. Lyndon Parker": character in the fiction of August Derleth. Dr. Lyndon Parker is to Solar Pons obviously as Dr. Watson is to Sherlock Holmes. Middle-class Englishman, not very imaginative, he is the house-mate at No.7 Praed Street, London, and assistant to the detective Solar Pons. Loyal to England and Pons, he spent a puzzling long time in the United States, about which he will not speak. He tries to appear intelligent, but he is plotted to always be behind the reader, and far behind Pons, in unravelling the crime. Robert Parker, full name Robert Brown Parker (17 Sep 1932-): aerospace technical writer/supervisor (Raytheon Co.); insurance company copy writer/editor; advertising firm partner; instructor and then Professor; winner 1976 Edgar Allan Poe award: * 12+ mystery/detective novels with hard-boiled series characters Spenser * The Godwulf Manuscript (1973) * God Save The Child (1974) * Mortal Stakes (1975) * Promised Land * Three Weeks In Spring * The Judas Goat (1978) * Wilderness * Looking For Rachel Wallace * Early Autumn * A Savage Place * Ceremony (1982) * The Widening Gyre * Love And Glory * Valediction * A Catskill Eagle (1985) * Taming A Sea-Horse * Pale Kings And Princes (1987) * Crimson Joy * Playmates (1989) * Poodle Springs (1989) completes unfinished Raymond Chandler novel * Stardust (1990) * Perchance To Dream (1991) * Pastime (1991) * Double Deuce (1992) * Paper Doll (1993) * Walking Shadow (1994) * Thin Air (1995) * 1 collection mystery/detective stories * 2 unrelated novels * 3 nonfiction books (sports, advertising) * 2 books edited (literature) Robert Parker T. Jefferson Parker: T. Jefferson Parker home page John Parkhill: pseudonym of William R[obert] Cox (14 Apr 1901-): newspaper and petroleum employee, sports reporter, weird mystery pulp writer, over 1,000 short stories published in almost every imaginable genre, typically better written and more vivid action/adventure stories than average for the pulps; 20 years activity on committees of Writers Guild, 1965 & 1971 President of Western Writers of America: * 8 mystery/detective novels with series character Tom Kincaid * 16 western novels/novelizations * 14 western novels under pseudonym Jonas Ward with series character "Buchanan" * 22 juvenile sports novels under own name * 3 juvenile sports novels under pseudonym Mike Frederic * 2 screenplays * 100+ teleplays for Fireside Theatre, Broken Arrow, Zane Grey Theatre, Wells Fargo, Bonanza, The Grey Ghost, Route 66, Alcoa Theatre, The Virginian, others * 3 other books (history, sports) "Parkinson": character in the fiction of Ernest Bramah (pseudonym of Ernest Bramah Smith). Parkinson is the assistant and servant to Max Carrados, a blind detective. You can tell from Parkinson's voice how much he respects Max Carrados, despite his clever yet understated humor in the mode of Jeeves. Max Carrados says of Parkinson: "It is doubtful if anyone had yet plumbed the exact limits to the worthy fellow's real capacity. There were moments when he looked more sagacious than any mortal man has hope of ever being, and there were times when his comment on affairs seemed to reveal a greater depth of mental vacuity than was humanly credible." Tim Parks: Tim Parks home page "Deputy Parr" and "Oliver Armiston": characters in the fiction of Frederick Irving Anderson. Deputy Police Commissioner Parr is the "manhunter of Center Street", and is assisted by Mystery/Detective author Oliver Armiston. Oliver Armiston's stories had such clever criminal ideas that the police now pay him not to publish. Nice job if you can get it! Frank Parrish: pseudonym of Roger Erskine Longrigg (1 May 1929-) British, born in Edinburgh, Scotland; B.A., Modern History, Magdalen College, Oxford; British Army (Captain): * 4 mystery/detective novels under pseudonym Frank Parrish, with series character Dan Mallett * 9 mystery/detective novels as Ivor Drummond, with series characters Lady Jennifer Norrington, Count Alessandro di Ganzarello, Coleridge Tucker III * 15 unrelated novels as Roger Longrigg * 1 radio play * 5 teleplays * 4 nonfiction books (sports, gambling) * 1 book edited (horseracing) P. J. Parrish: P. J. Parrish home page Anthony Partridge: pseudonym of E. Phillips Oppenheim Arlene Pascal; Evanston, Illinois; writes under pseudonym Pascal Littman when co-author with Ruth Littman: * Deadly Prayers [Chicago: Chicago Spectrum Press] ISBN 1-886094-40-3; $14.95; Chicago cop gets personal with gorgeous eyewitness to ghastly murder Don Passman: Don Passman home page Q. Patrick: see Patrick Quentin Henry Patterson: see Jack Higgins James Patterson: Thriller author of at least five #1 Bestsellers. Best-known for his series about Washington D.C. cop Alex Cross. The New York Daily News says: "James Patterson is to suspense what Danielle Steel is to romance." James Patterson home page * Along Came a Spider [Warner] $6.99, ISBN 0-446-36-419-3 * Black Market [Warner] $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60-046-6 * Cat & Mouse [Warner, 1997] $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60-618-9 #1 Washington Post Book World #1 Entertainment Weekly #1 Chicago Tribune #1 San Diego Union #1 Baltimore Sun #1 Publishers Weekly #2 Wall Street Journal #2 New York Times "A ride on a roller coaster whose brakes have gone out." -- Chicago Tribune * Hide and Seek [Warner] $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60-371-6 * Jack & Jill [Warner] $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60-480-1 "Cross, a brilliant homicide cop, is one of the great creations of thriller fiction." -- Dallas Morning News * Kiss the Girls [Warner] $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60-124-1 * The Season of the Machete [Warner] $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60-047-4 * See How They Run [Warner] $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60-392-9 * The Thomas Berryman Number [Warner] $6.50, ISBN 0-446-60-045-8 * Virgin [Warner] $6.99, ISBN 0-446-36-419-3 * The Midnight Club * When the Wind Blows [Nov 1998] Eliot Pattison: Eliot Pattison home page Barbara Paul; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Barbara Paul home page Barbara Paul @ eskimo.com Barbara Paul @ lit-arts.com e-mail Barbara Paul * 7 mystery/detective novels with series character Marian Larch: * Full Frontal Murder [New York: Scribner's] ISBN 0-684-19716-2; $23.00 * Fare Play [Worldwide] paperback reprint Elliot Paul, full name Elliot Harold Paul (11 Feb 1891-7 Apr 1958): Served as Sergeant in World War I (317th Field Signal Battalion); Surveyor; newspaperman; Secretary of Massachusetts Soldiers' and Sailors' Commission; AP and Chicago "Tribune" employee in Paris; literary editor, Paris edition, New York "Herald"; co-founder "Transition" (Paris); resident of Ibiza; boogie-woogie pianist: * 10 mystery/detective novels with series character Homer Evans, uniquely mixing straight detection with satire, including: * Fracas in the Foothills [1940] * Hugger-Mugger in the Louvre [1940] * Mayhem in B-Flat [1940] * Muder on the Left Bank [1951] * Mysterious Mickey Flynn [1939] * Waylaid in Boston [1953] * 8 unrelated novels * 6 screenplays * 14 other books John Pawson: John Pawson home page Laurence Payne (5 June 1919-) British actor/drama teacher, winner 1939 Old Vic Drama Scholarship, and noted author of humorous crime fiction: * 9 mystery/detective novels with series characters Sam Birkett, Mark Savage, John Tibbet Return to Authors P Table of Contents Return to Mystery/Detective AUTHORS Table of Contents

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John A. Peak: John A. Peak Ridley Pearson: Ridley Pearson home page "Judge Ephraim Peck":judicial character in the fiction of August Derleth. Judge Ephraim Peck is old, brilliant, kind, funny, and is the law itself in the Wisconsin village of Sac Prairie. August Derleth is best-known for Horror and Dark Fantasy writing and editing, but keenly observes Wisconsin culture here. "Ben Pedley": Chief Fire Marshall of New York City character in the fiction of Stewart Sterling (pseudonym of Prentice Winchell). Arson and pyromania are crimes that lead him into detection. He is athletic, tough, and has advanced very rapidly for someone as young as he. George Pelecanos: George Pelecanos home page Max Pemberton: Max Pemberton The Doyle Era subgenre Joanne Pence; Novato, California; Joanne Pence home page also see bibliography at Sisters in Crime: Authors * 5 mystery/detective novels with series character Angie Amalfi (gourmet cook): * Cook's Night Out [New York: HarperPaperbacks, December 1997] * Cooking Most Deadly [New York: HarperPaperbacks] * Cooking Up Trouble [New York: Harper Monogram] paperback * Too Many Cooks [New York: Harper Monogram] paperback Winner: Independent Booksellers Golden Scroll Award; Winner: RomCon Gold Certificate Award Winner: Romantic Times "Reviewer's Choice Award" * Something's Cooking> [New York: Harper Monogram] paperback Nominated: RITA Romantic Suspense Award nominee Don Pendleton, full name Donald Eugene Pendleton (12 Dec 1927-): American; served in Navy (Naval Commendation medal, Iwo Jima); railroad telegrapher; Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Specialist; aerospace supervisor (Martin Co., Denver; NASA test facility for GE, Mississippi; Lockheed, Marietta, Georgia); involved in aerospace projects including Titan II, Saturn/Apollo, C-5 Galaxy; Columnist/Senior Editor, "Orion" magazine: * 47 mystery/detective novels with series characters Mack Boland "The Executioner" (Col. John Macklin Phoenix) * 6 unrelated novels, including 2 science fiction: * The Guns of Terra 10 [New York: Pinnacle, 1970] * The Godmakers [New York: Pinnacle, 1970] under pseudonym Dan Britain * 10 mystery/detective novels under pseudonym Stephan Gregory * 2 story collections * 1 screenplay "The Executioner" [1980] * 2 books of poetry * 11 books about sex and sexuality under pseudonym Stephan Gregory * 2 other books as Don Pendleton (sex, "The Executioner") Don & Linda Pendleton newer home page Don Pendleton site has data on Don Pendleton's character Mack Bolan Jacques Pendower: see T. C. H. Jacobs Sharon Kay Penman: Sharon Kay Penman home page "Professor Pennyfeather": amateur detective character in the fiction of D. B. Olsen (pseudonym of Dolores Hitchens). Professor Pennyfeather is a meek Literature teacher who enjoys, sometimes, getting away from his books and meddling in others' lives, especially when there is a murder to deconstruct. Hugh Pentecost: pseudonym of Judson Pentecost Philips (10 Aug 1903-): author of 100+ mystery/detective novels and story collections, with series characters Luke Bradley, Pierre Chambrun, George Crowder, John Jericho, Lieutenant Pascal, Julian Quist, Grant Simon, Dr. John Smith; some under pseudonym Pilip Owen; winner 1973 Grand Master Award of Mystery Writers of America. See "Judson Philips", below, for a list of the novels published under that name. Hugh Pentecost @ MGrost * Inspector Luke Bradley novels include: * Brass Chills [1943] * I'll Sing at Your Funeral [1942] recommended * 24th Horse [1940] * Pierre Chambrun novels include: * Bargain With Death [1974] * Birthday, Deathday [1972] * Cannibal Who Overate [1962] * Deadly Joke [1971] * Evil That Men Do [1966] * Gilded Nightmare [1968] * Girl Watcher's Funeral [1969] * Golden Trap [1967] * Shape of Fear [1964] * Time of Terror [1975] * Walking Dead Man [1973] * Uncle George Crowder novels include: * Around Dark Corners [1970] recommended * John Jericho novels include: * Girl With Six Fingers [1969] * Hide Her From Every Eye [1965] * "Jericho and the Dying Clue" [1965] * Sniper [1965] "Willis Perkins": semi-amateur detective character in the fiction of Philip Wylie. Willis Perkins retired as a bank clerk, lives in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, is short, weak, mild-mannered, pale, middle-aged, unmarried, and seems the least likely person to study disguise, scientific detection, and criminology in order to launch a second career as a consulting detective. Barry Perowne: pseudonym of Philip Atkey (25 June 1908-) British carnival equipment manufacturer, private secretary, assistant editor, and served in British Intelligence Corps: * 16 mystery/detective novels with series character A. J. Raffles (cricket champion, gentleman, and professional burgler to support expenses in up-scale mens' clubs), including: * A.R.P. Mystery [1939] * Raffles and the Key Man [1940] * Raffles in Pursuit [1934] * Raffles Revisited: New Adventures of a Famous Gentleman Crook [1974] * Raffles Under Sentence [1934] * Raffles vs. Sexton Blake [1937] * Return of Raffles [1933] * She Married Raffles [1936] * They Hang Them in Gibralter [1939] * 3 novels under own name * 6 mystery/detective story collections with series character A. J. Raffles * 1 unrelated novel under pseudonym Pat Merriman * 1 screenplay * 2 radio plays Anne Perry: Anne Perry newer page Anne Perry Anne Perry; Ross-shire, Scotland: * 2 mystery/detective novels with series characters Inspector William Monk and Thomas and Charlotte Pit: * A Dangerous Mourning [New York: Fawcett, hardcover; Ballentine, paperback] * The Face Of A Stranger [New York: Fawcett, hardcover; Ballentine, paperback] first in series * 22 other mystery/detective novels: * Ashworth Hall [New York: Fawcett, Spring 1997] hardcover * Weighed In The Balance [New York: Fawcett, Fall 1997] hardcover * A Sudden Fearful Death [New York: Fawcett] hardcover * Pentecost Alley [New York: Fawcett] hardcover * Cain, His Brother [New York: Fawcett] hardcover * Traitors Gate [New York: Fawcett] hardcover * Sins Of The Wolf [New York: Fawcett] hardcover * The Hyde Park Headsman [New York: Fawcett] hardcover * Belgrave Square [New York: Fawcett] hardcover and paperback * Bethlehem Road [New York: St. Martin's, hardcover; Fawcett, paperback] * Bluegate Fields [New York: Fawcett] hardcover and paperback * Callander Square
[New York: Fawcett] paperback * Cardington Crescent [New York: Fawcett] hardcover and paperback * The Cater Street Hangman [New York: Fawcett] hardcover and paperback * Death In The Devil's Acre [New York: St. Martin's, hardcover; Fawcett, paperback] * Defend And Betray [New York: Fawcett, hardcover; Ballentine, paperback] * Farrier's Lane [New York: Fawcett] hardcover and paperback * Highgate Rise [New York: Fawcett] hardcover and paperback * Paragon Walk [New York: Fawcett] hardcover and paperback * Resurrection Row [New York: Fawcett] hardcover and paperback * Rutland Place [New York: Fawcett] hardcover and paperback * Silence In Hanover Close [New York: St. Martin's, hardcover; Fawcett, paperback] Ritchie Perry, full name Ritchie John Allen Perry (7 Jan 1942-) British teacher/author: * 13 mystery/detective quasi-political thriller novels with series character Philis * 2 novels under pseudonym John Allen * 3 other books (travel, juvenile) Bill Peters: see William P. McGivern Elizabeth Peters: pseudonym of Barbara Louise Gross Mertz (29 Sep 1927-): at least 2 web sites including Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels * 16 mystery/detective novels with series characters Vicky Bliss, Amelia Peabody Emerson, Jacqueline Kirby * 20+ mystery/detective novels under pseudonym Barbara Michaels, often with archaeology background * 3 books of Egyptology/history/archaeology as Barbara G. Mertz Ellis Peters: pseudonym of Edith Mary Pargeter (28 Sep 1913-): British; served in British Royal navy Service (British Empire Medal); chemist's assistant; winner 1963 Edgar Allan Poe award; winner 1968 Czechoslovak Society for International Relations Gold Medal; winner 1981 Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger; 1961 Fellow, International Institute of Arts and Letters: * 28 mystery/detective novels with series characters Brother Cadfael, the Felse family (Inspector George Felse, Bunty Felse, Dominic Felse), some published under own name * 1 collection mystery/detective stories * 25 other books under own name (history, other) * 1 other story collection * 1 radio play * 1 nonfiction book (literary criticism) * 15+ books translated, mostly Czech Ludovic Peters: pseudonym of Peter Ludwig Brent ( 26 July 1931-) Germany-born British cleaner, dishwasher, editor, movie extra, mail sorter, teacher, doorman, and author: * 11 mystery/detective/espionage novels with series character Ian Firth * unrelated novels under own name * 1 play * 1 screenplay * various teleplays for "The Avengers", "Dixon of Dock Green", "Detective Crane", "Troubleshooters", and "Champions" series * 12 nonfiction books (biography, history) Audrey Peterson; Bellingham, Washington; no known web page, but see more complete bibliography at Sisters in Crime: Authors * 5 mystery/detective novels with series character Claire Camden: * Shroud for a Scholar [New York: Pocket] paperback * Death Too Soon [New York: Pocket] paperback * Dartmoor Burial [New York: Pocket] paperback "A delightful, engrossing read." -- Mary Higgins Clark * Elegy In A Country Graveyard [New York: Pocket] paperback * The Nocturne Murder [New York: Pocket] paperback Brian Peterson: Brian Peterson @ randomhouse "Dr. Petrie": character in the fiction of Sax Rohmer (pseudonym of Arthur Sarsfield Ward). Egyptian-born [1884] chemist, modestly describing himself as "only an ordinary practitioner," yet has an international reputation in the field of tropical diseases, and has the respect of even the evil mastermind Fu Manchu, aginst whom he battles as an assistant to Sir Nayland Smith. In 1917 he married the gorgeous oriental Karamaneh, who has often saved the lives of Sir Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie. Rhona Petrie: pseudonym of Eileen-Marie Duell Buchanan (1922-): British translator, interpreter, scretary, teacher, and author: * 8 mystery/detective novels with series characters Inspector Marcus MacLurg, Dr. Nassim Pride * 4 mystery/detective novels under pseudonym Clare Curzon, with series characters Superintendant Mike Yeadings & Sergeant Angus Mott * 1 mystery/detective story collection * 5 unrelated novels under own name (well, as Marie Buchanan) "Francis "Frank" Pettigrew": attorney character in the fiction of Cyril Hare (pseudonym of Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark). Frank Pettigrew acquired academic honors and legal acumen, yet by bad luck, his legal practice went downhill. Like Perry Mason, he had a knack for solving crimes beyond the courtroom. In one case, he meets a gorgeous woman half his age, Eleanor Brown, and they have a happy marriage. Return to Authors P Table of Contents Return to Mystery/Detective AUTHORS Table of Contents

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"The Phantom Detective": private eye character in the fiction of Robert Wallace (pseudonym of D. L. Champion). The Phantom Detective's real-life identity is Richard Curtis Van Loan. He is young, very rich, and a playboy. But when he dons his mask, and a small jewelled emblem, he preserves law and order with various firearms, elaborate makeup, and the assistance of Steve Huston (newspaper reporter), Chip Dorlan (lad who grew up under the Phantom Detective's mentorship to an officer in Military Intelligence), and girlfriend Muriel Havens (who only very late discovers his secret identity). The Phantom Detective battles several different criminal groups, using his skill as a "human chameoleon" good with guns, but moreso as "a physical marvel, and mental phenomenon." Judson Philips: see Hugh Pentecost * Novels about the detective Peter Styles: * Black Glass City [1964] recommended * Hot Summer Killing [1969] * Laughter Trap [1964] * Nightmare at Dawn [1970] James Atlee Phillips (1915-): also wrote under pseudonym Philip Atlee * 4 novels as James Atlee Phillips as Philip Atlee, best known for: * 22 novels in the "Joe Gall" series with Fawcett Gold Medal (1967-76) This excellent spy series starts out as light as James Bond but ends up as bitter and disillusioned as John Le Carre' and also published: * two unrelated novels: * The Inheritors * The Naked Year Jayne Ann Phillips: Jayne Ann Phillips home page Meredith Phillips; Palo Alto, California: * Death Spiral: Murder At The Winter Olympics [Perseverance Press] ISBN 0-9602676-1-1; $8.95 "If you like stalking, you'll love Death Spiral." -- Richard Dalley, The Olympian Roland Phillips: Roland Phillips @ MGrost Susan Elizabeth Phillips: Susan Elizabeth Phillips Eden Phillpotts (4 Nov 1862-29 Dec 1960): India-born British fire insurance clerk, magazine contributor/editor, author: * 38 mystery/detective novels with series characters Avis Bryden, John Ringrose * 4 novels under pseudonym Harrington Hext * 11 mystery/detective story collections * 89 other novels * 13 other story collections * 38 plays * 19 radio plays * 23 books of poetry * 21 other books (juvenile, essays, travel, autobiography) Eden Phillpotts @ MGrost "Miss Marian Phipps": Mystery novelist/amateur detective character in the fiction of Phyllis Bently. Similar to Miss Marple, Miss Marian Phipps is a clever, curious, tough amateur detective who drives a small automobile through the cozy English country. On her lecture tours as a Mystery novelist, or when she tours antique churches and inns, or when she attends the Shakespeare Festival at Stratford-on-Avon, she can't help stumbling onto murders, and solving them. She has "a chubby pink face and untidy white hair." She often visits her friends Southshire Police Inspector Tarrant and his wife. She says: "the truth is the best gift one can wish for anyone." "The Photographer (Manuel Andradas)": murderer character in the fiction of James Holding. Professional assassin for the criminal syndicate of his native Brazil, Manuel Andradas practices photography as a cover identity and hobby. The only way to hire him is to come to a little cafe where he waits, write the target's name on the menu, and pay The Photographer 50% of his hefty fee in advance. Return to Authors P Table of Contents Return to Mystery/Detective AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Nancy Pickard: Nancy Pickard @ MGrost Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult Marge Piercy: best-known for literary and mainstream fiction, plus Science Fiction, Marge Piercy also writes Mystery/Detective fiction; Marge Piercy Robert L. Pike: pseudonym of Robert L. Fish, full name Robert Lloyd Fish (21 Aug 1912-1981) Born in Cleveland; 1933 B.S. Case School of Applied Science; 3 years National Guard; 1935 married Mamie Kates, 2 daughters; management in Firestone Tire and Rubber; consulting engineer travelling to Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, England, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Venezuela; 1962 Edgar Allan Poe award of Mystery Writers of America for best novel; 1971 Edgar Allan Poe award of Mystery Writers of America for best short story; 1978 President of Mystery Writers of America: * 7 mystery/detective novels under pseudonym Robert L. Pike, with series characters Lieutenant Clancy, Lieutenant Jim Reardon * 23 mystery/detective novels with series characters Carruthers, Simpson, and Briggs; Captain Jose da Silva; Kek Huuygens * 3 mystery/detective story collections with series characters Sherlock Holmes, Huuygens * 1 unrelated novel * 4 other books, 3 under pseudonym Lawrence Roberts * 2 mystery/detective anthologies edited Elizabeth Pincus; New York City * 3 mystery/detective novels with series character Nell Fury (lesbian): * The Hangdog Hustle [Spinsters] paperback * The Solitary Twist [Spinsters] paperback * The Two-Bit Tango [Spinsters] paperback Winner: Lambda Award winner "Evan Pinkerton": private eye character in the fiction of David Frome (pseudonym of Mrs. Zenith Jones Brown). Evan Pinkerton of Wales was married to a miser, a wife who took in boarders. One was a Police rookie, J. Humphrey Bull. When the pushy wife died, widower Evan Pinkerton inherited 75,000 pounds, and J. Humphrey Bull became an Inpector at Scotland Yard. Evan Pinkerton wears celluloid collars, string ties, a brown bowler hat, and has a timid gray face and gray hair. Now he goes to the movies three times a week and helps his old friend J. Humphrey Bull solve crimes. "Miss Pinkerton": Nurse/private eye character in the fiction of Mary Roberts Rinehart. The police call Nurse Adams "Miss Pinkerton" by analogy to the Pinkerton detective agency. Inspector Patton asked her to help solve one case, but that blossomed into a parallel career. Evelyn Piper: pseudonym of Marriam Modell (1908-): model, sales clerk, editor (magazine), author: * 7 mystery/detective novels, typically suspense involving children * 2 other novels under own name Catherine Louisa Pirkis: Catherine Louisa Pirkis The Doyle Era subgenre Return to Authors P Table of Contents Return to Mystery/Detective AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Pele Plante; Waldport, Oregon; no known web page, but see more complete bibliography at Sisters in Crime: Authors * 2 mystery/detective novels with series characters CC Scott (therapist) and sidekick Barbara: * Dirty Money [Clothespin] ISBN 1-878533-04-5; $10.95 * Getting Away with Murder [Clothespin] ISBN 1-878533-00-2; $9.95 A. Monmouth Platts: another pseudonym of Anthony Berkeley Cox (5 July 1893-9 Mar 1971): British soldier, journalist, book reviewer: * 20 mystery/detective novels as Anthony Berkeley (series characters Ambrose Chitterwick, Roger Sheringham) * 3 novels as Francis Iles -- the works he's best known for, due to intricate and ingenious plot construction plus deconstructing the conventions of the genre * 2 unrelated novels under own name * 1 play * 3 other books (journalism, England, limericks) Robert Player: pseudonym of Robert Furneaux Jordan (10 Apr 1905--14 May 1978): British architect, professor of architecture, broadcaster, lecturer, and author: * 5 mystery/detective novels, typically undercutting genre expectations * 8 nonfiction books (architecture) Return to Authors P Table of Contents Return to Mystery/Detective AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Edgar Allen Poe: the father of the Mystery/Detective story! This astonishing author, with a horribly unhappy life and mysterious death, invented the modern Science Fiction short story, the modern Mystery/Detective short story, and the private detective, as well as being one of the leading poets and literary critics in American history, very influential on European literature, especially through French translation. Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe @ MGrost * Stories featuring the world's first Private Detective, C. August Dupin: * "Muders in the Rue Morgue" [1841] recommended * "Mystery of Marie Roget" [1842] recommended * "Purloined Letter" [1844] recommended "Professor Henry Poggioli": Psychologist/private eye character in the fiction of T. S. Stribling. Born 1888 in Boston, with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Cornell, Professor Henry Poggioli briefly lectured on anti-spiritualism, then became a Professor at Ohio State University, where his specialization in "the criminal mind" caused him to be drawn into solving various weird mysteries. He used no formal methodology but trial and error, and one error got him falsely accused of being a murderer himself, in the course of a Psychology experiment gine wrong. He quasi-retired to Florida, and courted lovely ladies, yet never married -- he held that men and women wanted totally different things in marriage. "Hercule Poirot": private eye character in the fiction of Agatha Christie, and one of the most fanmous fictional detectives. Hercule Poirot stands 5'4", has an egg-shaped head tilted slightly to the left, with eyes that flash green when excited. He is a vain and dapper dresser, who wears too-tight black patent leather shoes, spats, probably dues his hair black, and twirls and waxes his huge pointed moustache. Hercule Poirot was a major figure in the police force of Belgium, and known throughout Europe. His leg wounded in the 1914 invasion by Germany of Belgium, he fled to England, where his also-wounded friend Captain Hastings helps him establish himself as a private eye, sharing a flat with Hastings. Captain Hastings is the Dr. Watson to Hercule Poirot's Sherlock Holmes: friend, housemate, and biographer. Hercule Poirot solves crimes with the "little grey cells" of his brain, an approach to "order and method", enermous energy and focus, and a disdain for mere physical clues. He often retires and then returns to detecting. His assistants include his valet Georges and his secretary Miss Lemon. Upon his death, he was the only fictional detective ever to have an obituary on the front page of The New York Times. Hercule Poirot was been well-portrayed in film and television. see TELEVISION see: MOVIES -- INFO ABOUT "Nathaniel Polton": character in the fiction of R. Austin Freeman. Butler, laboratory assistant, photographer, and polymath helper of the legal/medical expert Dr. Thorndyke, with whom he lives at 5A King's Bench Walk. His face is crinkly, he can be emotional (especially about women), and he is ingenious and extremely resourceful. Bill Pomidor, M.D.; Hudson, Ohio; * 2 mystery/detective novels with series characters Cal Marley (coroner) and her husband Plato (general practitioner): * The Anatomy of a Murder [New York: Signet] paperback * Murder by Prescription [New York: Signet] paperback "Solar Pons": private eye character in the fiction of August Derleth. Dr. Lyndon Parker chances to meet Solar Pons at a Paddington Station pub. Solar Pons is called "the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Steet" by the waiter, is a tall, thin man with an Inverness cape, visored hat, long slender face, thin nose, thin-lipped mouth, darks and penetrating eyes, and thick dark eyebrows. Solar Pons and Dr. Lyndon Parker become best friends, like Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes. Indeed, August Derleth was a devout fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and intentionally tried to fill the vacuum left by the end of Holmes in 1903. Solar Pons began in 1907, when August Derleth was only 19 years old, after August Derleth wrote to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for permission to do so. Martin Porlock: see Philip MacDonald Joyce Porter (28 Mar 1924-): British Air Force officer, author: * 19 mystery/detective novels with series characters Inspector Wilfred Dover, Edmund Brown, Constance Ethel Morrison-Burke; typically satirizing the conventions of the international thriller (Brown), police procedural (Dover), and amateur sleuth (Morrison-Burke) * Novels featuring Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover include: * Dover One [1964] Jonathan Vos Post: Jonathan Vos Post an Active Member of Mystery Writers of America who was the primary compiler of this page (a.k.a. "Your Humble Webmaster"). Melville Davisson Post (19 Apr 1869-23 June 1930): lawyer, political insider, candidate for President of the United States (Democrat, 1924): * 13 mystery/detective story collections with series characters Uncle Abner, Sir Henry Marquis, Randolph Mason * Novels featuring Uncle Abner include: * Uncle Abner, Master of Mysteries [1918] includes the classic story "Doomdorf Mystery" * Novels featuring Randolph Mason include: * Corrector of Destiny: Being Tales of Randolph Mason as Related By His Private Secretary, Courtlandt Parks [1908] * Man of Last Resort, or the Clients of Randolph Mason [1897] * Strange Schemes of Randolph Mason [1896] includes the classic story "Corpus Delecti" * 4 unrelated novels * numerous nonfiction articles (mostly in Saturday Evening Post) Melville Davisson Post Anna Katherine Green School subgenre Samuel Herbert Post: a Founding Member of Mystery Writers of America, father of Jonathan, and an influential editor/publisher of notable mystery, science fiction, and general authors. Samuel H. Post Raymond [William] Postgate (6 Nov 1896-29 mar 1971): British author, brother of author Margaret Postgate (Margaret Cole); journalist, writer, encyclopedia editor, publishing officer, founder of Good Food Club; perhaps best known for the novel "The Ledger is kept" [London: Joseph , 1953] which is one of the very rare books to work both as a mystery/detective novel and as a serious book of realistic literature: * 3 mystery/detective novels with series character Inspector Holly * Verdict of 12 [1940] recommended * 1 unrelated novel * 27 other books (Socialism, social history, food & wine) * 8 books edited * 1 book translated (Colette) "Harry Potter": boy wizard character in the fiction of J. K. Rowling, in the fastest-selling novel series of all time. I consider Harry Potter to be marginally a Mystery/Detective character, albeit the crimes and mysteries he solves are supernatural, based at Hogwarts school for witches and warlocks. That he has a shadowy past, tragedy in his personal life, a brilliant elderly mentor, a penetrating mind, indomitable courage, a loyal crew of friends, and battles the manifestations of evil itself are all parallels to the conventions of Mystery/Detective fiction. "Hiram Potter": private eye character in the fiction of Rae Foley (pseudonym of Elinore Denniston). Hiram Potter is the American equivalent of Albert Campion. Part of the upper-class elite of Manhattan's Grammercy Park, Hiram Potter solves murders among the aristocracy. He is said to look like Lewis Carroll's White Rabbit. Jean Potts (17 Nov 1910-): * 14 mystery/detective novels, mostly focusing on a realistic set of suspects * 1 unrelated novel Jerry Pournelle: best-known for bestselling, award-winning Science Fiction novels, including those co-authored with Larry Niven, Stephen Barnes, and others; and as a computer expert, long a Contributing Editor at Byte magazine; Jerry Pournelle also writes tough, fast-paced Mystery/Detective novels, such as: * Red Snow Jerry Pournelle home page James Powell (12 Jun 1932-) Canadian master of the humorous mystery/detective short story, many with series character Acting Sergeant Maynard Bullock of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, often absurd satires with bizarre international crimes in unusual settings and with twist endings: James Powell @ MGrost Karen Plunkett-Powell; Waldport, Oregon: * The Nancy Drew Scrapbook: 60 Years of America's Favorite Teenage Sleuth [New York: St. Martin's] $10.95 Sisters in Crime website says "Six decades of Nancy Drew, detective, including information about publishing history, collectibles, TV/movie spinoffs, impact on women, and more." Talmadge Powell (4 Oct 1920-): Born in Henderson, North Carolina; educated in California, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, including University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; married Mildred Morgan (1 son). * 9 mystery/detective novels, with series character Ed Rivers (PI in Tampa, Florida) * 4 mystery/detective novels, under pseudonym Ellery Queen, with series character Tim Corrigan * 6 thriller and miscellaneous novels (including 2 Mission Impossible novels) * 4 ghost-written books for semi-celebrities * 1 Young Adult mystery/detective novel ("Cellar Team") * 161 mystery/detective short stories under own name, starting in pulp magazines in 1943, over 30 subsequently anthologized * 4 mystery/detective short stories under pseudonym Robert Henry * 4 mystery/detective short stories under pseudonym Dave Leigh * 40 (approximately) non-mystery/detective short stories under own name * 100 (approximately) non-mystery/detective other short publications Margo Power: Margo Power Alexis Powers; Los Angeles, California; * 2 mystery/detective novels with series character Leah Gordon * Kiss Daddy Goodbye [publisher? date?] ISBN 0-9649434-2-5; $12.00 * Kiss My Tattoo [publisher? date?] first in series ISBN 0-9649434-0-9; $10.00 David Poyer: David Poyer Return to Authors P Table of Contents Return to Mystery/Detective AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Richard Prather, full name Richard Scott Prather (9 Sep 1921-): born Santa Ana, California; 1940-41 attended Riverside Junior College; 1942-45 U.S. Merchant Marine; 1945 married Tina Hager; 1945-49 March Air Force Base (Riverside, California) clerk; 1949- avocado farmer and author; 2-time Member, Board of Directors, Mystery Writers of America. * 40 mystery/detective novels with series character Shell Scott (hard-boiled Hollywood ex-Marine detective working Hollywood) * The Case Of The Vanishing Beauty [1950] * Bodies In Bedlam[1951] * Always Leave 'Em Dying [1954] * Pattern For Panic [1954] * Darling, It's Death [1955] * Everybody Had A Gun [1955] * Strip For Murder [1955] * Kill the Clown [1962] * Trojan Hearse [1964] recommended * many more {to be done} * 3 mystery/detective short story collections * edited The Comfortable Coffin: A Gold Medal Anthology [New York: Fawcett, 1960] James Michael Pratt: James Michael Pratt home page Terry Pratchett: the second-best-selling author in Great Britian, after J.K. Rowe (Harry Potter), Terry Pratchett is best-known for Fantasy parodies (although that inadequately describes the sui generis wit of these books). Some of his novels use Mystery/Detective concepts stretched inside out for satirical purposes. Terry Pratchett George Preedy: see Joseph Shearing Margaret Press; Salem, Massachusetts; co-author Joan Noble Pinkham: * A Scream On The Water: A True Story of Murder In Salem (reissue of Counterpoint) [New York: St. Martin's True Crime Library, June 1997] paperback * Counterpoint: A Murder In Massachusetts Bay [Addicus Books] ISBN 1-886039-24-0; $16.95 Anchor-bound body of Salem woman found by lobsterman. Nonfiction. "Engrossing account...sweeps reader along." -- Patriot Ledger Douglas Preston: Douglas Preston Anthony Price (16 Aug 1928-): British espionage and crime author, born Hertfordshire; 1941-47 King's School, Canterbury; 1949-52 Merton College, Oxford; B.A. (honours) History; 1952 M.A. History; 1947-49 (Temporary) Captain, British Army; 1953 married Ann Stone (2 sons, 1 daughter); 1952-72 Westminster Press; 1972-? Editor, Oxford Times; 1971 Silver Dagger award (Crime Writers Association); 1975 Gold Dagger award; 1979 Swedish Academy of Detection Award. * 13 Espionage/crime novels with series character Dr.David Audley (intellectual Intelligence operative) * 3 Espionage/crime short stories in anthologies E. Hoffman Price, to be done Christopher Priest: best-known for Science Fiction, also indulges in Mystery/Detective fiction. Christopher Priest J. B. Priestley, full name John Boynton Priestley (13 Sep 1894-14 Aug 1984): prolific and critically-acclaimed British author, palywright, editor; born Bradford, Yorkshire; M.A., Trinity Hall, Cambridge; LL.D. University of St.Andrews; D.Litt. University of Birmingham; University of Bradford; 1978 Honorary Student, Trinity Hall, Cambridge; 1914-19 Duke of Wellington's Regiment and Devon Regiment; married Patricia Tempest (2 daughters; died 1925); married Mary Wyndham Lewis (1952 divorce); 1953 married author Jacquetta Hawkes; 1938-39 Director, Mask Theatre, London; BBC radio broadcaster for "Postscripts" during World War II; frequent contributor to New Statesman; 1936-37 President P.E.N.; 1947 UK Delegate and Chairman, UNESCO International Theatre Conference, Paris; 1948 UNESCO Delegate, Prague; 1948 Chairman British Theatre Conference; 1949 President International Theatre Institute; 1966-67 Member, Board of Directors, National Theatre Board, London; 1930 Black Memorial Prize; 1948 Ellen Terry Award; 1973 Honorary Freeman, City of Bradford; 1977 Order of Merit. * 7 mystery/detective novels, including: * Salt is Leaving [1966] recommended * 21 other novels * 5 collections of short stories * 55 plays (crime, time-travel, Iris Murdoch adaptations, etc.) * 4 screenplays * 1 book of Children's Poetry * 63 other books (literature, essays, literary biography, humor, theatre, arts, England, etc.) * at least 8 books (by others) of criticism and biography about him "Dr. Lancelot Priestley": private eye character in the fiction of John Rhode (pseudonym of Cecil John Charles Street). Dr. Lancelot Priestley was an Applied Mathematics professor at a major British university. After bruising academic politics, he was forced to retire. Now an amateur private eye, easily supporting himself from personal wealth, he pursues crime solving through logical and mathematical means. He cares nothing for the human drama, nothing for the issues of justice, but only in the exercise of logic, especially in smashing the conventional theories. many of these crimes are brought to him by Superintendent Hanslet. He seems academic and dry to most people, and humorless, yet he is a kind and friendly host to Superintendent Hanslet and other visitors. Dr. Lancelot Priestley's approach to mathematical crime-fighting appeals to Your Humble Webmaster Jonathan Vos Post and his cousin, Professor Phillip Vos Fellman, who have authored a series of groundbreaking academic papers on the application of Mathematics (especially Game Theory) to the industrial field of Competitive Intelligence. "Inspector Leonidas Prike": investigative character in the fiction of Lawrence O. Blochman. India, when still in the British Commonwealth, had a Criminal Investigation Department, starring the short but energetic Inspector Leonidas Prike. mostly featured in short stories. "Colonel Primrose" and "Grace Latham": characters in the fiction of Leslie Ford (pseudonym of Mrs. Zenith Jones Brown). Plump, short Colonel Primrose, a West Point graduate wounded in World War I, becomes a consulting detective, assisted by his aide for 28 years, Sergeant Buck. Colonel Primrose uses his keen-eyed intelligence from his bachelor apartment in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown. He develops a long-term platonic friendship with 38-year-old widow Grace Latham, whose husand, a noted attorney, died in a plane crash, leaving her with two small boys. She keeps tumbling onto corpses, Colonel Primrose keeps solving the crimes. Jerome and Howard Prince: in the Mystery/Detective field, best known for Inspector John B. Magruder, a detective: * "Can You Solve This Crime?" [1950] recommended "Romney Pringle": character in the fiction of Clifford Ashdown (pseudonym of R. Austin Freeman and Dr. John James Pitcairn). A "gentleman crook" in the mold of Raffles, Romney Pringle's cover identity is that of a literary agent. Charm is his weapon, and he has stolen enough loot to have retired in comfort to the isle of Sandwich. When younger, he was a thin, tall, fair, youthful wholesome-appearing man. Now, while he spends his days in luxury: bicycling, reading, and cataloguing his antique gems, he awakens early, goes to sleep before 2:00 a.m., and has quit cigarettes in favor of Havana cigars. Who says that crime doesn't pay? Allan Prior (1924?-?): British crime author and TV teleplay writer; Born Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland; South Shore School, Blackpool, Lancaster; 1942-46 Royal Air Force; 1944 married Edith Playford (1 son, 1 daughter); 1962 and 1964 Crime Writers Association Award, 1962 and 1965 Writers Guild of Great Britain Award; 1963 Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere; 1974 British Academy Award. * 11 mystery/detective novels * various plays * 2 mystery/detective screenplays * 27 mystery/detective radio plays * countless teleplay episodes for 52 TV series and serials, adding up to well over 150 hours of British crime television Maurice Proctor (4 Feb 1906-1973): British crime writer; born in Nelson, Lancashire; Nelson Grammar School; 1921-26 British Army; 1933 married Winifred Blakey (1 son); 1927-46 Constable, Halifax Borough Police, Yorkshire. * 26 mystery/detective novels with series characters Detective Superintendent Philip Hunter, and Detective Chief Inspector Harry Martineau * Chief Inspector Harry Martineau novels include: * Body to Spare [1962] * Hideaway [1968] * Killer at Large [1959] * Man in Ambush [1958] * Rogue Running [1967] recommended * Two Men in Twenty [1964] * 5 mystery/detective short stories Barbara Pronin; West Covina, California; * Thicker than Water [New York: Dell] paperback corpse in the La Brea Tar Pits * Sing Sweetly to Me [New York: Dell] paperback * 3 novels under pseudonym Barbara Nickolae (co-author Nickolae Gerstner): * Kiss Mommy Goodnight [New York: Berkley] * Ties That Bind [New York: Berkley] * Finders Keepers [New York: Berkley] Bill Pronzini, full name William John Pronzini (13 Apr 1943-): Born in Petaluma, California; 2 years junior college; 1965 married Laura Patricia Adolphson (1966 divorce); 1972 married Brunhilde Schier; newsstand clerk; sports reporter; warehouse worker; salesman, typist; U.S. Marshall's Office civilian guard; travels world-wide as author; 1970-73 lived in West Germany and Majorca; Member, Board of Directors, Mystery Writers of America. Bill Pronzini @ MGrost * 24 mystery/detective novels with series character the "Nameless Detective" through 1984; * 4 mystery/detective novels under pseudonym Jack Foxx, with series character Dan Connell * 3 mystery/detective short story collections under own name * 130 (approx, through 1984) mystery/detective short stories including a record number of co-authors * 12 mystery/detective short stories under pseudonym Jack Foxx * 14 mystery/detective short stories under pseudonym William Jeffrey * 4 other novels (1 co-authored with Barry Malzberg, 1 with Jack Anderson) * editor of 20 mystery/detective, science fiction, and horror anthologies Milton Propper, full name Milton Morris Propper (1906-1962): American author with tragic life; born in Philadelphia; Nazareth Military Academy; 1926 B.A., University of Pennsylvania; Associate Editor, Law Review, University of Pennsylvania; 1929 LL.B.; 1929 Pennsylvania Bar; Philadelphia Public Ledger theatre and book critic; Social Security Administration clerk in Philadelphia and Atlanta; became distant from his family; lived in unpleasant apartments; repeatedly arrested for homosexual activities; sold fewer works of fiction, committed suicide. A talented writer with deep insight into law and police work, who deserved better. * 14 mystery/detective novels with series character Tommy Rankin: * Boudoir Murder [1931] * Divorce Court Murder [1934] * Election Booth Murder [1935] Sandra West Prowell: Sandra West Prowell Lynette Prucha; Los Angeles, California; * Smokescreen [Clothespin Fever Press] ISBN 1-878533-01-0; $10.95; Sisters in Crime website says: "Film noir-dark and erotic, with a beautiful LA docent turned sleuth. The dialogue crackles with the electricity of passion and, possibly, a murder most foul." "Paul Pry": crime/adventure character in the fiction of Erle Stanley Gardner. A denizen of 1930's pulp magazines, Paul Pry is an American equivalent of Simon Templar. Opportunistic, suave, and dashing, he makes his living by stealing from criminals. He is assisted by ex-cop Mugs Magoo, who has one arm and a photographic memory of faces. "Dr. Paul Prye": Psychiatrist/amateur detective character in the fiction of Margaret Millar. Dr. Paul Prye is a funny yet distinguished Illinois Psychiatrist, 6'5", 35 years old. He solves murders where he summers at Lake Rousseau in canada, at home, and even at his own wedding. In 1942 he proved far ahead of his time by asking an annoying teenager: "could there be a new Youth Movement for the suppression of everyone over 30?" Thomas Przybilka; Bonn, Germany; under pseudonym Reinhard Jahn: * Krimi-Preise [Corian-Verlag] "...a very comprehensive, world-wide list of crime literature awards..." -- Anthea Fraser * Krimi-Frauen, Frauen-Krimi [Corian-Verlag] Return to Authors P Table of Contents Return to Mystery/Detective AUTHORS Table of Contents

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Anne G. Pugh; Pasadena, California; * 3 mystery/detective novels with series character Iris Thorne (Pacific Stock Exchange broker): * Fast Friends [New York: Pocket] hardcover * Slow Squeeze [New York: Pocket] paperback * Cold Call [New York: Pocket] paperback "A very expert debut." -- Los Angeles Times "Joe Puma": Private detective character in the fiction of William Campbell Gault. Joe Puma was called by a client: "a space age Sherlock Holmes." Moral, yet thinking himself a man of action rather than a philosopher, he left the Roman catholic Church in Fresno, california, where he grew up. He works in sin city: Los Angeles. "I would be a happy man," he ponders, "if I had either more or less ethics." He is an idealist, and strictly honest. "I am what I am... I don't intend to change my character for day wages... I don't take back talk from thieves of any economic level... If there's one thing I can't stomach it is the thought of a murderer breathing free air." His hobbies include good food, imported beer, reading high quality novels, and watching a satisfying drama on television. He weighs 240 pounds, is a confirmed bachelor, and comments "Sex is THE big game." E. R. Punshon: bio [To Be Done]; best known for detective character Bobby Owen: * Dusky Hour [1937] * Information Received [1933] recommended * Night's Cloak [1944] Mary Jo Putney: Mary Jo Putney home page Mario Puzo: best-known for the "Godfather" series of novels, which were made into some of the finest Crime films ever. Mario Puzo Return to Authors P Table of Contents Return to Mystery/Detective AUTHORS Table of Contents

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"Mrs. Pym": Scotland Yard detective character in the fiction of Nigel Morland. Mrs. Palmyra Pym dresses badly, is feminine yet surprisingly tough, was born before 1900, was widowed after a brief marriage, and started as a policewoman in 1935 in Shanghai, China. Within 16 years she was back in England, and rose higher than any woman before or since at Scotland Yard, to the rank of Assistant Commissioner, Crminal Investigation Division. "Parker Pyne": private detective character in the fiction of Agatha Christie. Parker Pyne spent 35 years compiling statistics for a government office. Upon retirement, he sought to employ his skills. He put a personal ad in the daily paper: "Are You Happy? If Not Consult Parker Pyne." Largem though not quite fat, he inspires confience in clients with his stolid British character. His large head is bald and "of noble propertions", he has little twinkling eyes behind his strong eyeglasses. He seems such a nice man, that you are surprised by how cleverly he solves his client's problems. Return to Alphabetical Table of Mystery/Detective Authors

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