Hillary Waugh

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Hillary Baldwin Waugh (June 22, 1920 – December 8, 2008) was a pioneering American mystery novelist. In 1989, Waugh was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

Career[edit]

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Waugh graduated in 1942 from Yale, majoring in art with a music minor. During his senior year at Yale, Waugh enlisted in the United States Navy Air Corps and, after graduation, received his aviator's wings. He served in Panama for two years, flying various types of aircraft. While in military service, Waugh turned his hand to creative writing, completing and publishing his first novel Madam Will Not Dine Tonight in 1947. He quickly published two more novels, but they were not very well received.

In 1949, as the result of reading a case book on true crime, Waugh decided to explore a realistic crime novel. With the cooperation of his fiancée, who was a student at Smith College, Waugh set his police procedural Last Seen Wearing ... in a fictional women's college. Published in 1952, the book was a significant success and is now considered a pioneering effort exploring relentless police work and attention to detail.

After Last Seen Wearing..., Waugh went on to publish more than thirty-five additional detective novels, many aptly described as "hardboiled". Pseudonyms include "Elissa Grandower," "Harry Walker" and "H. Baldwin Taylor."

Waugh married Diana Taylor, and the couple had three children. Waugh died on December 8, 2008.

Publications[edit]

  • Madam Will Not Dine Tonight (1947)
  • Hope to Die (1948)
  • The Odds Run Out (1949)
  • Last Seen Wearing ... (1952)
  • A Rag and a Bone (1954)
  • The Case of the Missing Gardener (1954)
  • Rich Man, Dead Man (1956)
  • The Girl Who Cried Woolf (1958)
  • The Eighth Mrs. Bluebeard (1958)
  • Sleep Long, My Love (1959)
  • Road Block (1960)
  • Murder on the Terrace (1961)
  • That Night It Rained (1961)
  • Born Victim (1962)
  • The Late Mrs. D. (1962)
  • Death and Circumstance (1963)
  • Prisoner's Plea (1963)
  • The Duplicate (1964)
  • The Missing Man (1964)
  • Girl on the Run (1965)
  • End of a Party (1965)
  • Pure Poison (1966)
  • The Triumvirate (1966)
  • The Trouble with Tycoons (1967)
  • 30 Manhattan East (1968)
  • The Con Game (1968)
  • Run When I Say Go (1969)
  • The Young Prey (1969)
  • Finish Me Off (1970)
  • The Shadow Guest (1971)
  • Parrish for the Defense (1974)
  • A Bride for Hampton House (1975)
  • Seaview Manor (1976)
  • The Summer at Raven's Roost (1976)
  • The Secret Room of Morgate House (1977)
  • Madman at My Door (1978)
  • Blackbourne Hall (1979)
  • Rivergate House (1980)
  • The Glenna Powers Case (1980)
  • The Billy Cantrell Case (1981)
  • The Doria Rafe Case (1981)
  • The Nerissa Claire Case (1983)
  • The Veronica Dean Case (1984)
  • The Priscilla Copperwaite Case (1986)
  • Murder on Safari (1987)
  • A Death in a Town (1988)

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