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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
 
Series contributed to
Destroyer
1. Created, the Destroyer (1973) (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 (1975) (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)
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)
150. The End of the World (2012)
151. Bully Pulpit (2016) (with R J Carter)
152. Continental Divide (2018) (with R J Carter)
The Destroyer Box Set (omnibus) (1978) (with 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 (2014) (with Richard Ben Sapir)
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Awards
Shamus Awards Best Paperback original winner (1985) : The Ceiling of Hell


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