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Warren Murphy


(Warren Burton Murphy)
USA flag (1933 - 2015)

Warren Murphy was born in Jersey City, where he worked as a reporter and editor. After the Korean war, he drifted into politics, "but when everybody I worked for went to jail, I thought God was sending me a message to find a new line of work." The first Destroyer novel followed soon after.

He was an adjunct professor at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, and also ran workshops and lectured at many other schools and universities. He was an adjunct professor at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, and also ran workshops and lectured at many other schools and universities. He served on the board of the Mystery Writers of America, and was a member of the Private Eye Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, the American Crime Writers League, and the Screenwriters Guild.
 

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy
 
Series
Razoni & Jackson
   1. Down and Dirty (1974)
   2. Dead End Street (1973)
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Digger
   1. Smoked Out (1982)
   2. Fool's Flight (1982)
   3. Dead Letter (1982)
   4. Lucifer's Weekend (1982)
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Trace
   1. Trace (1983)
   2. And 47 Miles of Rope (1984)
   3. When Elephants Forget (1984)
   4. Pigs Get Fat (1985)
   5. Once a Mutt (1985)
   6. Too Old a Cat (1986)
   7. Getting Up With Fleas (1987)
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Grandmaster (with Molly Cochran)
   1. Grandmaster (1984)
   2. High Priest (1987)
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Forever King (with Molly Cochran)
   1. The Forever King (1992)
   2. The Broken Sword (1997)
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Legacy (with Gerald Welch)
   1. Forgotten Son (2012)
   2. The Killing Fields (2013)
   3. Overload (2014)
   4. Trial and Terror (2014)
   5. Mother Mine (2015)
   6. Laughing Matter (2017)
   7. 100 Proof (2018)
   8. Homecoming (2021)
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Novels
   Leonardo's Law (1978)
   Atlantic City (1979) (with Frank Stevens)
   The Red Moon (1982)
   The Ceiling of Hell (1984)
   Inside Sinanju (1985) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   Remo: The Adventure Begins (1985) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   The Hand of Lazarus (1988) (with Molly Cochran)
   The Temple Dogs (1989) (with Molly Cochran)
   The Sure Thing (1989)
   Scorpion's Dance (1990)
   Jericho Day (1990)
   Destiny's Carnival (1991) (with Mark Brownwood)
   Honor Among Thieves (1992)
   World without End (1996) (with Molly Cochran)
   Bloodline (2015)
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Collections
   Murder in Manhattan (1988) (with others)
   Spellbinders (2014) (with Molly Cochran and James A Hetley)
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Non fiction
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Series contributed to
Destroyer
   1. Created, the Destroyer (1972) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   2. Death Check (1972) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   3. Chinese Puzzle (1973) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   4. Mafia Fix (1974) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   5. Dr. Quake (1974) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   6. Death Therapy (1974) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   7. Union Bust (1974) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   8. Summit Chase (1974)
   9. Murder's Shield (1973) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   10. Terror Squad (1973) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   11. Kill Or Cure (1975) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   12. Slave Safari (1973) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   13. Acid Rock (1974) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   14. Judgment Day (1974) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   15. Murder Ward (1974) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   16. Oil Slick (1974) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   17. Last War Dance (1974) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   18. Funny Money (1975) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   19. Holy Terror (1975) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   20. Assassin's Play-Off (1975) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   21. Deadly Seeds (1975) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   22. Brain Drain (1976) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   23. Child's Play (1976) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   24. King's Curse (1976) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   25. Sweet Dreams (1976) (with Richard Meyers)
   26. In Enemy Hands (1977) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   27. The Last Temple (1977) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   28. Ship of Death (1977) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   29. The Final Death (1977) (with Richard Meyers and Richard Ben Sapir)
   30. Mugger Blood (1977) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   31. The Head Men (1977) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   32. Killer Chromosomes (1978) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   33. Voodoo Die (1978) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   34. Chained Reaction (1978) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   35. Last Call (1978)
   36. Power Play (1979)
   37. Bottom Line (1979)
   38. Bay City Blast (1979)
   39. Missing Link (1980)
   40. Dangerous Games (1980) (with Robert J Randisi)
   41. Firing Line (1980)
   42. Timber Line (1980) (with William Ted Joy)
   43. Midnight Man (1981) (with William Ted Joy and Robert J Randisi)
   44. Balance of Power (1981) (with Molly Cochran and Richard Ben Sapir)
   45. Spoils of War (1981) (with Molly Cochran and Richard Ben Sapir)
   46. Next of Kin (1981) (with Molly Cochran)
   47. Dying Space (1982) (with Molly Cochran and Richard Ben Sapir)
   48. Profit Motive (1982) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   49. Skin Deep (1982) (with Molly Cochran)
   50. Killing Time (1982) (with Molly Cochran and Richard Ben Sapir)
   51. Shock Value (1983) (with Molly Cochran and Richard Ben Sapir)
   52. Fool's Gold (1983) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   53. Time Trial (1983) (with Molly Cochran)
   54. Last Drop (1983) (with Molly Cochran and Richard Ben Sapir)
   55. Master's Challenge (1984) (with Molly Cochran and Richard Ben Sapir)
   56. Encounter Group (1984) (with Will Murray)
   57. Date with Death (1984) (with Molly Cochran and Ed Hunsburger)
   58. Total Recall (1984) (with Robert J Randisi)
   59. The Arms of Kali (1984) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   60. The End of the Game (1985) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   61. Lords of the Earth (1985) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   62. The Seventh Stone (1985) (with Ed Hunsburger and Richard Ben Sapir)
   63. The Sky is Falling (1986) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   64. The Last Alchemist (1986) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   65. Lost Yesterday (1986) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   66. Sue Me (1986) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   67. Look Into My Eyes (1987) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   68. An Old-Fashioned War (1987) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   69. Blood Ties (1987) (with Will Murray)
   70. The Eleventh Hour (1987) (with Molly Cochran and Will Murray)
   71. Return Engagement (1988) (with Will Murray)
   72. Sole Survivor (1988) (with Will Murray)
   73. Line of Succession (1988) (with Will Murray)
   74. Walking Wounded (1988) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   75. Rain of Terror (1989) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   76. The Final Crusade (1989) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   77. Coin of the Realm (1989) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   78. Blue Smoke and Mirrors (1989) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   79. Shooting Schedule (1990) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   80. Death Sentence (1990) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   81. Hostile Takeover (1990) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   82. Survival Course (1990) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   83. Skull Duggery (1990) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   84. Ground Zero (1991) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   85. Blood Lust (1991) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   86. Arabian Nightmare (1991) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   87. Mob Psychology (1992) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   88. The Ultimate Death (1992) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   89. Dark Horse (1992) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   90. Ghost in the Machine (1992) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   91. Cold Warrior (1993) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   92. The Last Dragon (1993) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   93. Terminal Transmission (1993) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   94. Feeding Frenzy (1993) (with Will Murray)
   95. High Priestess (1994) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   96. Infernal Revenue (1994) (with Will Murray)
   97. Identity Crisis (1994) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   98. Target of Opportunity (1994) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   99. The Color of Fear (1995) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   100. Last Rites (1995) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
   101. Bidding War (1995) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   102. Unite and Conquer (1996) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   103. Engines of Destruction (1996) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   104. Angry White Mailmen (1996) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   105. Scorched Earth (1996) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   106. White Water (1997) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   107. Feast or Famine (1997) (with Will Murray and Richard Ben Sapir)
   108. Bamboo Dragon (1997) (with Michael Newton and Richard Ben Sapir)
   109. American Obsession (1997) (with Alan Philipson and Richard Ben Sapir)
   110. Never Say Die (1998) (with Michael Newton and Richard Ben Sapir)
   111. Prophet of Doom (1998) (with others)
   112. Brain Storm (1998) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   113. The Empire Dreams (1998) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   114. Failing Marks (1999) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   115. Misfortune Teller (1999) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   116. The Final Reel (1998) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   117. Deadly Genes (1999) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   118. Killer Watts (2000) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   119. Fade To Black (2000) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   120. The Last Monarch (2000) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   121. A Pound of Prevention (2000) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   122. Syndication Rites (2001) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   123. Disloyal Opposition (2001) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   124. By Eminent Domain (2001) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   125. The Wrong Stuff (2001) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   126. Air Raid (2002) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   127. Market Force (2002) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   128. The End of the Beginning (2002) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   129. Father to Son (2002) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   130. Waste Not, Want Not (2003) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   131. Unnatural Selection (2003) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   132. Wolf's Bane (2003) (with Michael Newton and Richard Ben Sapir)
   133. Troubled Waters (2003) (with Michael Newton and Richard Ben Sapir)
   134. Bloody Tourists (2003) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   135. Political Pressure (2004) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   136. Unpopular Science (2004) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   137. Industrial Evolution (2004) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   138. No Contest (2005) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   139. Dream Thing (2005) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   140. Dark Ages (2005) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   141. Frightening Strikes (2005) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   142. Mindblower (2006) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   143. Bad Dog (2006) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   144. Holy Mother (2006) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   145. Dragon Bones (2006) (with Richard Ben Sapir and Timothy Somheil)
   146. Choke Hold (2007) (with James Mullaney)
   147. Guardian Angel (2007) (with James Mullaney)
   148. Dead Reckoning (2008) (with James Mullaney)
   149. Killer Ratings (2008) (with James Mullaney)
   150. The End of the World (2013)
   151. Bully Pulpit (2016) (with R J Carter)
   152. Continental Divide (2018) (with R J Carter)
   153. Monumental Terror (2019) (with R J Carter and Richard Ben Sapir)
   154. Blood Brotherhood (2021) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   155. Trial By Fire (2021) (with James Mullaney and Richard Ben Sapir)
   Destroyer World: The Way Of The Assassin (2003)
   Destroyer World: New Blood (2010)
   Savage Song (2012)
   Number Two (2012) (with Donna Courtois)
   The Day Remo Died (2015) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
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Warren Murphy recommends
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Black Fire (1992)
(Doyle Mulligan, book 1)
Stuart Fox (Stephen K Forbes)
"A rocketing roller coaster of a book."
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High Noon at Midnight (1988)
(Ed Noon, book 32)
Michael Avallone
"Ed Noon is back after 15 years. As crazy, wild, unpredictable, and wacky as ever. One of a kind."

Anthologies containing stories by Warren Murphy
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First Cases 4 (2002)
The Early Years of Famous Detectives
(First Cases, book 4)
edited by
Robert J Randisi

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