William Leonard Marshall
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William Marshall (or William Leonard Marshall) (born 1944, Australia) is an Australian author, best known for his Hong Kong-based "Yellowthread Street" mystery novels, some of which were used as the basis for a British TV series.
In the Yellowthread Street series, the detectives of the Yellowthread Street police station in fictitious Hong Bay, Hong Kong – DCI Harry Feiffer, a European born and raised in Hong Kong; Senior Inspector Christopher O'Yee, half-Chinese, half-Caucasian American, and all neurotic; and the ever-bickering team of Inspectors Auden and Spencer – attempt to find the rational basis for inexplicable and seemingly bizarre crimes. The Yellowthread novels show the influence of Ed McBain in their overlapping plotlines, snappy dialogue, world-weary detectives and often-difficult civilians.
Marshall's novels manage to juggle violence, suspense, and slapstick humor in his twist on the police procedural form. He has also written two mystery series based in Manila and late-19th-century New York City, the latter featuring City Detective Virgil Tillman – New York City's "first thinking detective" – and his partner, patrolman Ned Muldoon of the Strong Arm Squad.
- Yellowthread Street (1975)
- The Hatchet Man (1976)
- Gelignite (1976)
- Thin Air (1977)
- Skulduggery (1979)
- Sci Fi (1981)
- Perfect End (1981)
- War Machine (1982)
- The Far Away Man (1984), London, Secker and Warburg, ISBN 0-436-27323-3
- Roadshow (1985)
- Head First (1986)
- Frogmouth (1987)
- Out of Nowhere (1988)
- Inches (1994)
- Nightmare Syndrome (1997)
- To the End (1998)
- The Fire Circle Melbourne, Macmillan (1969)
- The Age of Death New York, Viking Press ISBN 0-670-10961-4 (1971)
- Whisper: a Manilla Bay mystery New York, Viking Press ISBN 0-670-81959-X (1988)
- Faces In The Crowd New York, Mysterious Press edition ISBN 0-446-40162-5 (1991)
- "YTV - Celebrating 40 years of hits". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
- Charlaine Harris Blog, Matters Criminous
- Paul Bishop. "PAUL BISHOP ~ WRITER: FORGOTTEN BOOKS: YELLOWTHREAD STREET!". Retrieved 21 April 2016.