Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.
Pseudonym of US author William Levine (1881-? ), who seems to have been active in the late 1920s and 1930s, publishing several crime novels during this period, usually featuring the deductive exploits of the elderly Professor Herman Brierly. Seemingly unnatural events and murders are usually brought back to the mundane by the professor, though The Poison Plague (5 August 1922 Argosy All-Story Weekly; 1929) edges into sf as the eponymous disease transforms New York. Murder from the Grave (1930), featuring the same sleuth, revolves supernaturally around the posthumous revenge of an early Borgia on a large number of contemporary members of the family. [JC]
works (highly selected)
- The Poison Plague (New York: Robert M McBride and Company, 1929) [first appeared 5 August 1922 Argosy All-Story Weekly: hb/Jung]
- Murder from the Grave (New York: Robert M McBride and Company, 1930) [hb/]
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