1926 - 1995

Writing as: Ross Thomas

According to Wikipedia: "Ross Thomas was an American writer of crime fiction. He is best known for his witty thrillers that expose the mechanisms of professional politics. He also wrote several novels under the pseudonym Oliver Bleeck about professional go-between Philip St. Ives.

Thomas served with the infantry in the Philippines during World War II. He worked as a public relations specialist, correspondent with the Armed Forces Network, union spokesman, and political strategist in the USA, Bonn (Germany), and Nigeria before becoming a writer.

His debut novel, The Cold War Swap, was written in only six weeks and won a 1967 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Briarpatch earned the 1985 Edgar for Best Novel. In 2002 he was honored with the inaugural Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award, one of only two authors to earn the award posthumously (the other was 87th Precinct author Ed McBain in 2006).

He died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California two months before his 70th birthday."

Series Books
Mac McCorkle The Cold War Swap (1966)
  Cast A Yellow Shadow (1967)
  The Backup Men (1971)
  Twilight At Mac's Place (1990)
Artie Wu Chinaman's Chance (1978)
  Out On The Rim (1987)
  Voodoo, Ltd. (1992)
Other The Seersucker Whipsaw (1967)
  The Brass Go-Between (1969)
  Singapore Wink (1969)
  The Fools in Town Are On Our Side (1970)
  Protocol for a Kidnapping (1971)
  The Procane Chronicle (1971)
  The Porkchoppers (1972)
  The Highbinders (1973)
  If You Can't Be Good (1973)
  The Money Harvest (1975)
  No Questions Asked (1976)
  Yellow Dog Contract (1976)
  The Mordida Man (1981)
  Briarpatch (1984)
  The Fourth Durango (1989)
  Ah, Treachery! (1994)