Fredric Brown (1906–1972) was considered a master of “Flash
fiction” and has received high praise from colleagues such as
Stephen King and Phillip K. Dick. Dan J. Marlowe (1914–1986)
worked as the credit manager for a tobacco company before rising to
prominence as a crime writer with The Name of the Game is Death.
Charles Williams (1909–1975) published his first novel at
the age of 42. Twelve of his novels were adapted to film, including
Dead Calm, which gave Nicole Kidman her breakthrough role in 1989.
Trained as a journalist, Dorothy B. Hughes (1904–1993) wrote
The So Blue Marble, her first mystery novel, in 1940 and followed
it with thirteen more. In 1978, she received the Grand Master award
from the Mystery Writers of America. Donald Westlake
(1933–2008) wrote over a hundred books under his own name and
various pseudonyms, most famously Richard Stark. He was the
recipient of three Edgar Awards and was named a Grand Master by the
Mystery Writers of America. Margaret Millar (1915–1994) was
an American-Canadian writer of suspense and mystery novels who was
named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Ed
McBain (1926–2005) was the pseudonym used by Evan Hunter to
publish his acclaimed series of police procedure novels, the 87th
Precinct series. He was nominated for multiple Edgar Allan Poe
Awards and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of
America. Chester Himes (1909–1984) was known for his
hard-boiled crime fiction, most notably the nine novels in his
Harlem Detective series. In the 1950s, he moved to Paris, where he
won France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in 1958.
Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) wrote over twenty highly
acclaimed novels and many short stories. She is best known for her
psychological thrillers, most notably Strangers on a Train and The
Talented Mr. Ripley.
Geoffrey O’Brien, editor, is a poet, a widely published critic, and the author of books on crime fiction, film, music, and cultural history, including Hardboiled America, The Phantom Empire, Sonata for Jukebox, Where Did Poetry Come From: Some Early Encounters, and Arabian Nights of 1934. He was for many years editor-in-chief of Library of America.