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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 from 1922-1925 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. 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.
The William Crane series
- Murder in the Madhouse (1935)
- Headed for a Hearse (1935)
- The Lady in the Morgue (1936)
- The Dead Don't Care (1938)
- Red Gardenias (1939)
- The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939) (based on a novel by Louis Joseph Vance)
- Topper Returns (1941) (original screenplay)
- The Glass Key (1942) (based on the Dashiell Hammett novel)
- Nocturne (1946)
- They Won't Believe Me (1947) (based on a story by Gordon McDonell)
- The Big Clock (1948) (based on the Kenneth Fearing novel)
- Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) (based on the Cornell Woolrich novel)
- Plunder of the Sun (1953) (based on the David F. Dodge novel)
- The Unholy Wife (1957) (co-authored with William Durkee)
- The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays (1957) (with Frank Capra)
- The Unchained Goddess (1958) (with Frank Capra)
- Several episodes of the Perry Mason television series
- The Greenhouse Jungle (from the second season of the Columbo television series, 1972)
- Hard boiled American crime fiction for a discussion of Solomon's Vineyard, the publication of which was suppressed in the United States for a long time.
- Jonathan Latimer Miscellaneous Scripts and Screenplays, 1940 - 1960 (0.6 linear feet, housed at Special Collections and Archives at the UC San Diego Library)
- Petri Liukkonen. "Jonathan Latimer". Books and Writers (kirjasto.sci.fi). Archived from the original on 4 July 2013.
- Jonathan Latimer at the Internet Movie Database