Herbert Brean

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Herbert Brean (December 10, 1907 – May 7, 1973) was an American journalist and crime fiction writer, best known for his recurring series characters William Deacon and Reynold Frame.[1] He was a director and former executive vice president of the Mystery Writers of America, a group for which he also taught a class in mystery writing. Aside from his seven mystery crime novels, he also published non-fiction books and articles, and mystery magazine short stories. Alfred Hitchcock used "A Case of Identity" (1953), one of Brean's many articles for Life, as the basis for Hitchcock's film The Wrong Man (1957).

As a lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan, Brean was a member of The Baker Street Irregulars, and as such he wrote the introduction to at least one Holmes edition.[2]


Year Title Publisher
1949 Wilders Walk Away Heinemann
1950 The Darker the Night Heinemann
1952 Hardly a Man is Now Alive (US) / Murder Now and Then (UK) Heinemann
1954 The Clock Strikes Thirteen Heinemann
1957 A Matter of Fact (US) / Collar for the Killer (UK) Heinemann
1961 The Traces of Brillhart Heinemann
1966 The Traces of Merrilee Morrow


  1. ^ Herbert Brean Bibliography
  2. ^ "A Word to the Reader", introduction to The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scholastic Book Services, 1964 ed., cat.# T 590