Lois Duncan

in Philadelphia, PA, The United States
April 28, 1934

June 15, 2016



Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Sarasota, Florida. Duncan started writing and submitting manuscripts to magazines at the age of ten, and when she was thirteen succeeded in selling her first story.

Duncan attended Duke University from 1952 to 1953 but dropped out, married, and started a family. During this time, she continued to write and publish magazine articles; over the course of her

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Many of you have been following my accounts of our family's on-going investigation of the murder of our youngest child, Kaitlyn Arquette, chased down in her car and shot to death at age 18. (The details of the case are in my non-fiction adult book ONE TO THE WOLVES: ON THE TRAIL OF A KILLER, with a foreword by the late Ann Rule.)

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I Know What You Did Last Su...

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Killing Mr. Griffin

3.64 avg rating — 9,942 ratings — published 1978 — 35 editions
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Stranger with My Face

3.90 avg rating — 8,858 ratings — published 1981 — 28 editions
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Down a Dark Hall

3.78 avg rating — 7,215 ratings — published 1974 — 42 editions
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Summer of Fear

3.82 avg rating — 5,103 ratings — published 1976 — 23 editions
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Locked in Time

3.93 avg rating — 4,876 ratings — published 1985 — 25 editions
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Don't Look Behind You

3.72 avg rating — 4,812 ratings — published 1989 — 37 editions
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The Third Eye

3.86 avg rating — 3,830 ratings — published 1984 — 20 editions
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A Gift of Magic

3.78 avg rating — 3,872 ratings — published 1971 — 25 editions
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Daughters of Eve

3.61 avg rating — 3,680 ratings — published 1979 — 19 editions
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“Sit down every day and DO IT. Writing is a self-taught craft; the more you work at it, the more skilled you become. And when you're not writing, READ.”
Lois Duncan

“Life continues, and we all of us keep changing and building, toward what we cannot know.”
Lois Duncan, Stranger with My Face

“We are the wise.
Do not envy us—
We who are too wise to draw near
the fire
Lest we get burned;
We who are too wise to love
Lest love should vanish and we be
We are the wise.
Do not envy us our wisdom—
We who are too wise to live
Lest we should die.”
Lois Duncan, Trapped: Cages of Mind and Body


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