Collin Wilcox (writer)

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Collin Wilcox
Colin Wilcox.jpg
Collin Wilcox in San Francisco in 1991
Born (1924-09-21)21 September 1924
Detroit, Michigan
Died 12 July 1996(1996-07-12) (aged 71)
San Francisco, California
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.[1]

Born in Detroit, Michigan, his first book was The Black Door (1967),[1] featuring a sleuth possessing extrasensory perception. His major series of novels was about Lieutenant Frank Hastings of the San Francisco Police Department.[1] 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,[1] 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 two novelizations based on scripts from the series: McCloud (1972) and The New Mexican Connection (1974).[2]

Wilcox died in San Francisco from cancer at the age of 71.[3][4] 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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  1. ^ a b c d "Collin Wilcox". Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  2. ^ says that Wilcox wrote The Park Avenue Executioner (1975), which is wrong. The book was written by David Wilson.
  3. ^ "Collin Wilcox; Author of Mysteries Set in San Francisco". Los Angeles Times. 19 July 1996. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Collin Wilcox, Mystery Writer, 71". New York Times. 19 July 1996. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 

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