Ross Thomas


Born
in Oklahoma City, The United States
February 19, 1926

Died
December 18, 1995

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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 in the Philippines during World War II. He worked as a public relations specialist, reporter, 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
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The Eighth Dwarf

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Missionary Stew

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“I think she must have lived where all the sad poets live, in that secret place where everything hurts all the time.”
Ross Thomas

“The redheaded homicide detective stepped through the door at 7:30 A.M. and out into the August heat that already had reached 88 degrees. By noon the temperature would hit 100, and by two or three o'clock it would be hovering around 105. Frayed nerves would then start to snap and produce a marked increase in the detective's business. Breadknife weather, the detective thought. Breadknives in the afternoon.”
Ross Thomas, Briarpatch
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“Dying in vain isn't really all that bad since nearly everyone does it. It's the living in vain you really have to watch out for.”
Ross Thomas, Briarpatch

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