Born in Manchester, England, Ted Lewis (1940-1982) spent most of his youth in Barton-upon-Humber in the north of England. After graduating from Hull Art School, Lewis moved to London and first worked in advertising before becoming an animation specialist, working on the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. His novels are the product of his lifelong fascination with the criminal lifestyle of London’s Soho district and the down-and-out lifestyle of the English factory town. Lewis' novels pioneered the British noir school. He authored nine novels, the second of which was famously adapted in 1971 as the now iconic Get Carter, which stars Michael Caine.
1956 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel (Beast in View).
1965 Woman of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Times.
1983 Mystery Writer's of America Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement.
In the novels of Margaret Millar the polished veneer of the so-called "Greatest Generation" is peeled back to expose misogyny, racism, greed, and murder... lots and lots of murder.
Margaret Millar (1915 - 1994) was one of the most important mystery writers of her era and her novels, although now set decades in the past, contained a sharpness and psychological acuity that would be the envy of contemporary writers. Millar's prose was as meticulous as her plotting and as cutting as the murder weapons implemented in her stories. She won the 1956 Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster, a Los Angeles Times "Woman of the Year", and a fascinating study in feminism in action.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario, she spent most of her life in Santa Barbara, California with her husband Ken Millar, better known under the nomme de plume, Ross Macdonald. Although in more recent times the name of Ross Macdonald is better known than Margaret Millar's, there was very good reason for Ken to write under a different name.
BOOKS BY MARGARET MILLAR
The Paul Prye Mysteries
The Invisible Worm (1941) The Weak-Eyed Bat (1942) The Devil Loves Me (1942)
Inspector Sands Mysteries
Wall of Eyes (1943) The Iron Gates [Taste of Fears] (1945)
Fire Will Freeze (1944) Experiment in Springtime (1947) The Cannibal Heart (1949) Do Evil in Return (1950) Rose's Last Summer (1952)
Vanish in an Instant (1952) Wives and Lovers (1954) Beast in View (1955) An Air That Kills (1957) The Listening Walls (1959)
A Stranger in My Grave (1960) How Like an Angel (1962) The Fiend (1964) Beyond This Point Are Monsters (1970)
Tom Aragon Novels
Ask for Me Tomorrow (1976) The Murder of Miranda (1979) Mermaid (1982)
Banshee (1983) Spider Webs (1986) The Couple Next Door: Collected Short Mysteries. Ed. Tom Nolan (2004) It’s All in the Family (1948) (semi-autobiographical children’s novel book)
The Birds and the Beasts Were There (1968) (memoir)