Jonathan Latimer

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Jonathan Wyatt Latimer (October 23, 1906 – June 23, 1983) was an American crime writer noted for his novels and screenplays.


Born in Chicago, Illinois, he attended the Mesa Ranch School in Arizona (1922–25) and later studied at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1929. Latimer became a journalist at the Chicago Herald Examiner and later for the Chicago Tribune, writing about crime and meeting Al Capone and Bugs Moran, among others.[1] In the mid-1930s, he turned to writing fiction, starting with a series of novels featuring private eye William Crane, in which he introduced his typical blend of hardboiled crime fiction and elements of screwball comedy.[citation needed]

During the Second World War Latimer served in the United States Navy. After the war, he moved to California and continued his work as a Hollywood screenwriter, including 10 films in collaboration with director John Farrow.[2]


Latimer died of lung cancer in La Jolla, California on June 23, 1983, aged 76.

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The William Crane series[edit]

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  1. ^ "Register of the Jonathan Latimer, Miscellaneous Scripts and Screenplays".
  2. ^ Angelini, Sergio. "J is for Jonathan Latimer". Tipping My Fedora. wordpress. Retrieved 9 April 2016.