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Mystery writer Edward Gorman dies aged 74

Published 17/10/2016

Gorman won several awards during his literary career
Gorman won several awards during his literary career

American mystery and crime fiction writer Edward Gorman has died aged 74 after a long battle with cancer.

Gorman, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was the author of dozens of novels, including the Sam McCain, Jack Dwyer and Dev Conrad series.

He set much of his fiction in small US mid-western towns. His novel The Poker Club was adapted into a 2008 film of the same name.

Gorman spent 23 years in advertising, public relations and politics before his first novel, Rough Cut, was published in 1984. He then dedicated himself full-time to writing.

During his career, he received the Shamus Award, the Spur Award and the International Fiction Writers Award.

He was married to Carol Gorman, a children's fiction writer.


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