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Mark McShane

Australia (1929 - 2013)

aka Marc Lovell

Mark McShane was an Australian author of satire, suspense novels, and crime fiction. Born in Sydney to a family with Gypsy roots, he traveled the world for the first three decades of his life. In 1960, he settled on the island of Mallorca, in the Mediterranean, and decided to write fiction.

His first novel, The Straight and the Crooked, appeared that year but it was his third effort, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, for which he is best known. The story of a strange pair of kidnappers it was made into a well regarded film in 1964 and has been adapted as an opera. His most well known characters are the eccentric Norman Pink, and Appleton Porter, an unlikely spy whose often comic adventures McShane chronicled under the pseudonym Marc Lovell.

Genres: Mystery
   The Straight and Crooked (1960)
   The Passing Of Evil (1961)
   Untimely Ripped (1962)
   The Crimson Madness of Little Doom (1966)
   The Ghost of Megan (1968) (as by Marc Lovell)
     aka The Memory of Megan
   Ill Met By a Fish Shop On George Street (1968)
   The Singular Case of the Multiple Dead (1970)
   The Imitation Thieves (1971) (as by Marc Lovell)
   The Man Who Left Well Enough (1971)
   An Enquiry Into the Existence of Vampires (1974) (as by Marc Lovell)
     aka Vampire in the Shadows
   Dreamers in a Haunted House (1975) (as by Marc Lovell)
   Lashed But Not Leashed (1976)
   The Guardian Spectre (1977) (as by Marc Lovell)
   Fog Sinister (1977) (as by Marc Lovell)
   A Voice from the Living (1978) (as by Marc Lovell)
   The Halcyon Way (1979)
   The Hostage Game (1979)
   And They Say You Can't Buy Happiness (1979) (as by Marc Lovell)
   Shadows and Dark Places (1980) (as by Marc Lovell)
   The Last Seance (1982) (as by Marc Lovell)
   Looking for Kingford (1983) (as by Marc Lovell)
   Just a Face in the Dark (1987)
   Once Upon a Fairy Tale (1990)
   Mourning Becomes the Hangman (1991)
   The Fourth Nail (2002)
   The Man Who Made Love (2003)
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