Richard P. Powell

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Richard Pitts Powell (November 28, 1908 – December 8, 1999) was an American novelist.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Powell graduated from Princeton University[1] in 1930 [2] then worked at the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger newspaper. After ten years, he joined the advertising agency N. W. Ayer & Son. Following service on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's staff during World War II, he returned to N.W. Ayer, where he rose to vice president of information services in 1952.

In the 1940s, Powell began writing fiction and in 1958 was able to devote himself to writing full-time. His first published books were Inner Sanctum Mysteries, published from 1943 to 1955. His major publishing debut, The Philadelphian (1956) spent more than six months on the bestseller list, and was filmed in 1959 as The Young Philadelphians.[3]

Richard Powell died on December 8, 1999 in Fort Myers, Florida.


Dorchester Publishing republished Say It With Bullets in paperback in March 2006 as part of its Hard Case Crime series. Plexus Publishing republished The Philadelphian in hardcover and paperback in November 2006. The new edition features a foreword by Robert Vaughn and additional material from Powell and his daughter. Shell Game and A Shot in the Dark were republished by Starkhouse Press in 2008.

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