(novel: "The Shadow Guest" - uncredited)
(TV Series) (novel - 2 episodes)
(novel "Sleep Long My Love")
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I was tired of reading about these super-detectives and a police force composed of a bunch of bumbling idiots. I wanted to get away from the neat little corpses with the perfect bullet through the head, and instead write a story as it really happened. (from a 1990 interview with the New York Times)
Was awarded the Mystery Writers of America's "Grand Master" award in 1989, given for lifetime achievement, consistent quality, and contributions to the mystery genre.