Jonathan Latimer


(Jonathan Wyatt Latimer)
USA flag (1906 - 1983)

aka Peter Coffin

Jonathan Latimer was born in Chicago on 23rd October 1906. His main series character was the private investigator Bill Crane. An important character in the development of the hard boiled genre. A notable title is Solomon's Vineyard, the controversy over the content saw the US publication delayed by nine years.

 The author later concentrated on screen plays and also worked for five years on the Perry Mason television series.
 
Series
Bill Crane
The Lady in the Morgue (1935)
Murder in the Madhouse (1935)
     aka The Westland Case
Headed for a Hearse (1936)
The Dead Don't Care (1938)
Red Gardenias (1939)
     aka Some Dames Are Deadly
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Novels
The Search for My Great-Uncle's Head (1937) (as by Peter Coffin)
Dark Memory (1940)
Solomon's Vineyard (1941)
     aka The Fifth Grave
Sinners and Shrouds (1955)
Black Is the Fashion for Dying (1959)
     aka The Mink-Lined Coffin
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