Lois Duncan

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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...

3.51 avg rating — 9,830 ratings — published 1973 — 42 editions
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Stranger with My Face

3.90 avg rating — 8,025 ratings — published 1981 — 26 editions
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Killing Mr. Griffin

3.63 avg rating — 8,619 ratings — published 1978 — 32 editions
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Down a Dark Hall

3.83 avg rating — 5,352 ratings — published 1974 — 34 editions
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Summer of Fear

3.81 avg rating — 4,624 ratings — published 1976 — 23 editions
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Locked in Time

3.93 avg rating — 4,343 ratings — published 1985 — 24 editions
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Don't Look Behind You

3.72 avg rating — 4,225 ratings — published 1989 — 36 editions
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The Third Eye

3.86 avg rating — 3,480 ratings — published 1984 — 20 editions
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A Gift of Magic

3.77 avg rating — 3,529 ratings — published 1971 — 23 editions
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Daughters of Eve

3.62 avg rating — 3,281 ratings — published 1979 — 18 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

“aloud she said why not you ray you were involed in this as much as the resst of uswhy is it that bud never tried to do anything to you ?his armed tighted around her.'he knew the worst thing for me was a world without you”
Lois Duncan, I Know What You Did Last Summer


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