William Diehl

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William Diehl
BornDecember 4, 1924
Woodstock, Georgia, United States
DiedNovember 24, 2006(2006-11-24) (aged 81)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
OccupationAuthor, photojournalist

William Diehl (/dl/; December 4, 1924 – November 24, 2006) was an American novelist and photojournalist.


At 50, Diehl was a successful photographer and journalist, when he began his writing career. His first novel, Sharky's Machine, was made into the 1981 film of the same name, directed and starred Burt Reynolds. Diehl saw it shot on location in and around his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Its cast included Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith, Charles Durning, Earl Holliman, Rachel Ward, Bernie Casey, Henry Silva and Richard Libertini. It was the most successful box-office release of a film directed by Reynolds.

Diehl relocated to St. Simons Island, Georgia in the early 1980s where he lived for the next 15 years before returning to Atlanta. While living on St. Simons, he completed eight more novels, such as Primal Fear, with the 1996 film adaptation.[citation needed]


Diehl died of an aortic aneurysm at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on November 24, 2006, while working on his tenth novel.[citation needed] He was survived by five children, four from his first marriage (Cathy, Bill, Stan, and Melissa), and one from his second marriage (Temple)..[citation needed]


  • Sharky's Machine (1978)
  • Chameleon (1981)
  • Hooligans (1984)
  • Thai Horse (1987)
  • 27 (1990)
  • The Hunt (1990)
  • Primal Fear (1993)†
  • Show of Evil (1995)†
  • Reign in Hell (1997)†
  • Eureka (2002)
  • Seven Ways to Die (2012) with Kenneth John Atchity[1]
Primal Fear, Show of Evil and Reign in Hell are all part of the Martin Vail series featuring the character Aaron Stampler.


  1. ^ Stevenson, Luanne (2012-04-23) Book Review: Seven Ways To Die by William Diehl with Kenneth John Atchity. Retrieved on 2012-10-10.

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