Day Keene


Born
in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
March 28, 1904

Died
January 09, 1969

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Day Keene, whose real name was Gunnar Hjerstedt, was one of the leading paperback mystery writers of the 1950s. Along with writing over 50 novels, he also wrote for radio, television, movies, and pulp magazines. Often his stories were set in South Florida or swamp towns in Louisiana, and included a man wrongly accused and on the run, determined to clear his name.

Average rating: 3.79 · 1,230 ratings · 200 reviews · 85 distinct worksSimilar authors
Home Is the Sailor (Hard Ca...

3.67 avg rating — 332 ratings — published 1952 — 9 editions
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Sleep with the Devil

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To Kiss, or Kill

3.77 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1951 — 13 editions
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World Without Women

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2.77 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1960 — 5 editions
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Bring Him Back Dead

3.86 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1956 — 5 editions
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Dead Dolls Don't Talk

3.15 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1959
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Dead Dolls Don't Talk / Hun...

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Framed in Guilt/My Flesh is...

4.13 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2005
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Who Has Wilma Lathrop?

3.56 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1955 — 4 editions
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The Big Kiss-Off

3.79 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1954 — 6 editions
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“I wish I was a man. A man can do so many things. He can go to sea. He can be a soldier. He can fly. He can crawl in and out of beds. He can get drunk and into messes. Then all he has to do is sober up and take a bath and no one thinks less of him".”
Day Keene, Home Is the Sailor

“Love. A Will-o`-the-wisp. St. Elmo's fire. A biological urge. The chemical affinity of one body for another. The deep-rooted urge of the male to propagate his kind. A package of cigarettes. A Hershey bar. A ten-thousand-dollar mink coat. Five dollars.”
Day Keene, Home Is the Sailor