Collin Wilcox (writer)

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{{Infobox writer <!-- For more information see Template:Infobox Writer/doc. --> | name = Collin Wilcox | image = Colin Wilcox.jpg | image_size = 200px | alt = | caption = Collin Wilcox in San Francisco in 1991 | birth_date = (1924-09-21)21 September 1924 | birth_place = Detroit, Michigan | death_date = 12 July 1996(1996-07-12) (aged 71) | death_place = San Francisco, California | resting_place = | occupation = Writer | language = English | nationality = American }} Collin Wilcox (September 21, 1924 – July 12, 1996) was an American mystery writer who published 30 books in 30 years.<ref name="Amazon">"Collin Wilcox". Retrieved 21 September 2011. </ref>

Born in Detroit, Michigan, his first book was The Black Door (1967),<ref name="Amazon"/> featuring a sleuth possessing extrasensory perception. His major series of novels was about Lieutenant Frank Hastings of the San Francisco Police Department.<ref name="Amazon"/> Titles in the Hastings series included Hire a Hangman, Dead Aim, Hiding Place, Long Way Down and Stalking Horse. Two of his last books, Full Circle and Find Her a Grave, featured a new hero-sleuth, Alan Bernhardt, an eccentric theater director. Wilcox also published under the pseudonym "Carter Wick".

Wilcox's most famous series-detective was the television character Sam McCloud,<ref name="Amazon"/> a New Mexico deputy solving New York crime. The "urban cowboy" was played by Dennis Weaver in the 1970-1977 TV series McCloud. Wilcox wrote three novelizations based on scripts from the series: McCloud (1972), The New Mexican Connection (1974), and The Park Avenue Executioner (1975).

Wilcox died in San Francisco from cancer at the age of 71.<ref>"Collin Wilcox; Author of Mysteries Set in San Francisco". Los Angeles Times. 19 July 1996. Retrieved 21 September 2011. </ref><ref>"Collin Wilcox, Mystery Writer, 71". New York Times. 19 July 1996. Retrieved 21 September 2011. </ref> Wilcox was survived by two sons, Christopher of Berkeley, Calif., and Jeff of Lafayette, Calif., and five grandchildren. His five grandchildren are Scotty, Conor, Hayley, Jessica, and Emma.

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