Saturday, November 27, 2010
Latimer, born in Chicago on 23 October 1906, produced only a few novels as he was in the main employed first as a journalist in the 1920s, then as a film and TV screenwriter, yet in his small canon of books there lies at least one classic: Solomon's Vineyard. It was originally considered too hot for publication in the USA It appeared in the UK uncut but had to wait 15 years before it appeared in the States in a bowdlerised version.
Latimer's movie credits began with adaptations of his own novels The Westland Case (1937; from Headed for a Hearse) and The Last Warning (1938; from The Dead Don't Care), but moved into original territory with The Long Wolf's Spy Hunt (1939). Other movies include Topper Returns (1941), The Glass Key (1942), They Won't Believe Me (1947), The Big Clock (1948), Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948), and numerous others.
In the late 1950s he switched to writing for TV, including 26 episodes of Perry Mason (1958-65), 6 episodes of Markham (1959-60) and an episode of Columbo (1972).
Latimer died of lung cancer on 23 June 1983 in La Jolla, California.
No Exit Press 0948-35329-5, 1988.
Pan Books G373, (Jul) 1960, 190pp. Cover by Henry Fox
No Exit Press 0948-35331-7, 1988, 190pp.
Pan Books G204, 1959, 219pp. Cover by Sam Peffer
No Exit Press 0948-35322-8, 1988, 219pp.
The Search for My Great Uncle’s Head (as Peter Coffin; New York, Doubleday, 1937)
Note: No UK editions.
No Exit Press 0948-35308-2, 272pp.
No Exit Press 0948-35340-6, 1989, 288pp.
Dark Memory (New York, Doubleday, and London, Methuen, 1940)
Note: No UK paperback editions.
Pan G456, (May) 1961, 159pp, 2/6. Cover by Sam Peffer
----, 1961, 2/6. *alternate cover.
Xanadu 1854-80076-0, 1990, 160pp.
Pan 436, (Nov) 1957, 188pp. Cover by Sam Peffer
as The Mink-Lined Coffin, Four Square Books 776, 1963, viii+195pp. Cover: photo