Herbert Brean

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Herbert Brean was an American journalist and crime fiction writer, best known for his recurring series characters William Deacon and Reynold Frame. He was a director and former executive vice president of the Mystery Writers of America, a group for which he also taught a class in mystery writing. Aside from his seven mystery crime novels, he also published non-fiction books and articles, and mystery magazine short stories. Alfred Hitchcock used one of Brean's many articles for Life Magazine, "A Case of Identity" (1953) as the basis for his film The Wrong Man. As a lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan he was a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and as such he wrote the introduction to at least one Holmes edition.

Genres: Mystery
   Dead Sure (1956)
     aka A Matter of Fact / A Collar for the Killer
Anthologies containing stories by Herbert Brean
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Short stories
Incident at Mardi's (1966)