Michael Avallone

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Michael Angelo Avallone ((1924-10-27)October 27, 1924 – February 26, 1999(1999-02-26))[1] was a prolific American author of mystery, secret agent fiction, and novelizations of TV and films. His lifetime output was over 223 works (although he boasted over 1,000), published under his own name and 17 pseudonyms.[2][3]


Avallone was born in New York City on (1924-10-27)October 27, 1924 and died in Los Angeles on February 26, 1999(1999-02-26). He was married in 1949 to Lucille Asero; they had one son before the marriage was dissolved. In 1960 he married Fran Weinstein, and together they had one son and one daughter.[4]


His first novel, The Tall Dolores, published in 1953, introduced Ed Noon PI. The most recent installment was published in 1989. The final volume, Since Noon Yesterday is, as of 2005, unpublished.[dated info]

His tie-ins included The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, Friday the 13th Part III, Beneath the Planet of the Apes and even The Partridge Family. His novellas in the late 1960s featured UNCLE-like INTREX.[clarification needed]

Under the house name Nick Carter, he wrote some of the Nick Carter spy novels beginning in the 1960s. As Troy Conway, he wrote the tongue-in-cheek porn Rod Damon: The Coxeman, and parodied The Man from U.N.C.L.E. from 1967-1973. He also wrote the novelization of the 1982 TV miniseries, A Woman Called Golda, based on the life of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.[5]

Among his pseudonyms (male and female) were: Mile Avalione, Mike Avalone, Nick Carter, Troy Conway, Priscilla Dalton, Mark Dane, Jeanne-Anne dePre, Dora Highland, Stuart Jason, Steve Michaels, Dorothea Nile, Edwina Noone, John Patrick, Vance Stanton, Sidney Stuart, Max Walker, and Lee Davis Willoughby.[1]

From 1962 to 1965, Avallone edited the Mystery Writers of America newsletter.[4]


Avallone has been inducted into the "New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame".[4] He was also nominated for the 1989 Anthony Award in the "Best Paperback Original" category for his novel High Noon at Midnight.[6]


  1. ^ a b Adrian, Jack (March 20, 1999). "Obituary: Michael Avallone - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Smith, Kevin Burton. "Authors and Creators: Michael Avallone". Thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 25. ISBN 0-911682-20-1. 
  4. ^ a b c Pace, Eric (March 1, 1999). "Michael Avallone, 74, Author Of Ed Noon Detective Stories - New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Golda Bibliography | We Educate Colorado | Metropolitan State College of Denver". Mscd.edu. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 

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