|Born||September 13, 1907
New York City, New York
|Died||April 3, 1977
Roosevelt, New Jersey
|Occupation||author of detective and crime fiction|
Benjamin Appel (September 13, 1907 – April 3, 1977), was an American novelist specializing in detective and crime fiction, sometimes from a radical perspective.
Appel was born in New York City and grew up in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. It was this experience that he drew upon when writing his novels. Before he began earning a living from his writing, he was a bank clerk, farmer, lumberjack, factory-hand and a housing inspector for New York City. He lived most of his life in Roosevelt, New Jersey, and died there in 1977.
Maxim Lieber was Appel's literary agent in 1933 and 1935.
- Brain Guy, aka The Enforcer (1934)
- Four Roads to Death, aka Gold and Flesh (1935)
- Runaround (1937)
- The Power-House (1939)
- The Dark Stain (1943)
- But Not Yet Slain (1947)
- Hell's Kitchen, aka Alley Kids (1952)
- Plunder (1952)
- Dock Walloper (1953)
- Sweet Money Girl (1954)
- Life and Death of a Tough Guy, aka Teen-Age Mobster (1955)
- The Raw Edge (1958)
- The Funhouse, aka The Death Master (1959)
- Big Man, A Fast Man (1961)
- A Time of Fortune (1963)
- The Devil and W. Kaspar (1977)
- Brain Guy / Plunder (2005)
- Osborn, Judith; Kihunrwa, Aika-Maria (2006). "Guide to the Benjamin Appel Papers 1928–1965". Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA). Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- Jamieson, Wendell (January 1, 2006). "CITY LORE; Hard-Boiled Tales, Told by a Gentleman". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- "Biographical Sketch" (PDF). Appel, Benjamin; Papers 1932–1976. Skillman Library, Lafayette College. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 1, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2010.