Stephen Marlowe

Stephen Marlowe (born Milton Lesser, August 7, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, died February 22, 2008 (aged 79), in Williamsburg, Virginia) was an American author of science fiction, mystery novels, and fictional autobiographies of Goya, Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Stephen Marlowe born Milton Lesser mystery tribune

 

He is best known for his detective character Chester Drum, whom he created for the 1955 novel The Second Longest Night. Lesser also wrote using the pseudonyms Adam Chase, Andrew Frazer, C.H. Thames, Jason Ridgway, Stephen Wilder and Ellery Queen.

 

Lesser attended the College of William & Mary, earning his degree in philosophy, marrying Leigh Lang soon after graduating. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He and his wife divorced during 1962.

 

He was awarded the French Prix Gutenberg du Livre during 1988 for The Memoirs of Christopher Columbus, and during 1997 he was awarded the “Life Achievement Award” by the Private Eye Writers of America. He also served on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. During the later part of his life he lived with his second wife Ann in Williamsburg, Virginia.

 

Selected Bibliography

 

As Milton S. Lesser:

 

  • Somewhere I’ll Find You (1947)
  • Earthbound (1952)
  • The Star Seekers (1953)
  • Recruit for Andromeda (1959)
  • Stadium Beyond the Stars (1960)
  • Spacemen Go Home (1961)
  • Secret of the Black Planet (1965)

 

As Stephen Marlowe:

 

  • Catch the Brass Ring (1954)
  • Model for Murder (1955)
  • Turn Left for Murder (1955)
  • Dead on Arrival (1956)
  • Blonde Bait (1959)
  • Passport to Peril (1959)
  • The Shining (1961)
  • Colossus: A novel about Goya and a world gone mad (1965)
  • The Search for Bruno Heidler (1966)
  • Come Over, Red Rover (1968)
  • The Summit (1970)
  • The Man with No Shadow (1974)
  • The Cawthorn Journals (or Too Many Chiefs) (1975)
  • Translation (1976)
  • The Valkyrie Encounter (1978)
  • Deborah’s Legacy (1983)
  • The Memoirs of Christopher Columbus (1987)
  • The Lighthouse at the End of the World (1995)
  • The Death and Life of Miguel De Cervantes (1996)

 

Chester Drum novels (as Stephen Marlowe):

 

  • The Second Longest Night (1955)
  • Mecca for Murder (1956)
  • Killers Are My Meat (1957)
  • Murder Is My Dish (1957)
  • Trouble Is My Name (1957)
  • Terror Is My Trade (1958)
  • Violence Is My Business (1958)
  • Double in Trouble (with Richard S. Prather) (1959)
  • Homicide Is My Game (1959)
  • Danger Is My Line (1960)
  • Death Is My Comrade (1960)
  • Peril Is My Pay (1960)
  • Manhunt Is My Mission (1961)
  • Jeopardy Is My Job (1962)
  • Francesca (1963)
  • Drum Beat – Berlin (1964)
  • Drum Beat – Dominique (1965)
  • Drum Beat – Madrid (1966)
  • Drum Beat – Erica (1967)
  • Drum Beat – Marianne (1968)

 

As Adam Chase (writing with Paul W. Fairman):

 

  • The Golden Ape (1959)

 

As Andrew Frazer:

 

  • Find Eileen Hardin – Alive! (1959)
  • The Fall of Marty Moon (1960)

 

As Jason Ridgway:

 

  • West Side Jungle (1958)
  • Adam’s Fall (1960)
  • People in Glass Houses (1961)
  • Hardly a Man Is Now Alive (1962)
  • The Treasure of the Cosa Nostra (1966)

 

As Ellery Queen:

 

  • Dead Man’s Tale (1961)

 

As C. H. Thames:

 

  • Violence Is Golden (1956)
  • Blood of My Brother (1963)

 

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Last updated on February 23, 2019

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