Maurice Procter

UK flag (1906 - 1973)

Maurice Procter was a novelist best known for the lively realism of his police procedural novels set in a fictional 1950s Manchester. His main series characters are Detective Superintendent Philip Hunter and DCI Harry Martineau.Procter was born in Lancashire and worked as a policeman in Yorkshire for nineteen years before his writing was published and he was able to write full-time.
A unique selling point of his novels at the time was their authenticity; Procter was repeatedly credited with using his experience to create authentic yet exciting stories about real policemen and police work (Arrow Books). Throughout his career, Procters novels increased in popularity in both the UK and the US, and in 1960 Hell is a City was made into a film starring Stanley Baker and Billie Whitelaw.

Genres: Mystery
Philip Hunter
   The Chief Inspector's Statement (1951)
     aka The Pennycross Murders
   I Will Speak Daggers (1956)
     aka The Ripper / Ripper Murders
Chief Inspector Martineau Investigates
   1. Hell Is a City (1954)
     aka Somewhere in This City
   2. The Midnight Plumber (1957)
   3. Man in the Ambush (1958)
   4. Killer At Large (1959)
   5. Devil's Due (1960)
   6. The Devil Was Handsome (1961)
   7. A Body to Spare (1962)
   8. Moonlight Flitting (1963)
     aka The Graveyard Rolls
   9. Two Men in Twenty (1964)
   10. Death Has a Shadow (1965)
     aka Homicide Blonde
   11. His Weight in Gold (1966)
   12. Rogue Running (1966)
   13. Exercise Hoodwink (1967)
   14. Hideaway (1968)
   15. The Dog Man (1969)
   Each Man's Destiny (1947)
   No Proud Chivalry (1947)
   The End of the Street (1949)
   Hurry the Darkness (1952)
   Rich Is the Treasure (1952)
     aka Diamond Wizard
   The Pub Crawler (1956)
   Three at the Angel (1958)
   The Spearhead Death (1960)
   Devil in Moonlight (1962)
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