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Dodge, David

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David DodgeDavid Francis Dodge (1910-1974) was an American writer. He was born in Berkeley, California and attended high school in Los Angeles. He married Elva Keith in 1936 and served in the Naval Reserve during WW2. His website gives a detailed description of his life and works.


Dodge's career as a writer began when he made a bet with his wife that he could write a better mystery novel than the one she was reading. He drew on his professional experience as a Certified Public Accountant to create his first series character, San Francisco tax expert and reluctant detective James "Whit" Whitney. Death and Taxes was published by Macmillan in 1941. Three more Whitney novels were published between 1943 and 1946.


During WWII he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and became a Lieutenant Commander. On his release from active duty, he set out for Guatemala by car with his wife and 5-year old daughter Kendal. Thereafter he drew on his travels -- he went on assignments around the world for Holiday and other magazines - as material for locations. His most famous novel, To Catch A Thief, is set in the French Riviera and served as the basis for the film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.


Dodge died in Mexico in 1974. He and Elva are buried in San Miguel de Allende. 


Plunder of the Sun has been reissued by Hard Case Crime.

Death and Taxes and To Catch a Thief have been reissued by Bruin Books.


Detective Bibliography

Death and Taxes (1941)

Shear the Black Sheep (1943)

Bullets for the Bridegroom (1944)

It Ain’t Hay (1946) UK title: A Drug on the Market

The Long Escape (1948)

Plunder of the Sun (1949)

The Red Tassel (1950)

To Catch A Thief (1952)

The Lights of Skaro (1954)

Angel’s Ransom (1956) UK title: Ransom of the Angel

Loo Loo’s Legacy  (1960)

Carambola (1961) UK title: High Corniche

Hooligan (1969) UK title: Hatchetman

Troubleshooter (1971)

The Last Match (2006)

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