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Basil Copper
1924-2013
 

Basil Copper is one of Britain's leading gothic autors, but he also penned some 52 'hard-boiled' detective thrillers, as well as 25 'Sherlock Holmes' pastiches featuring the character, Solar Pons, a character created by August Derleth. Copper has received many honours in recent years. In 1979, the Mark Twain Society of America elected him a Knight of Mark Twain for his outstanding "contribution to modern fiction", while the Praed Street Irregulars have twice honoured him for his work on the 'Solar Pons' series. He has been a member of the Crime Writer's Association for over thirty years, serving as chairman in 1981/82 and on its committee for a total of seven years.
Copper's first book, The Dark Mirror (1966), launched his very popular and long-running series of hard-boiled thrillers starring Mike Faraday. These appeared at the rate of two or more books a year until the series ended in 1988.

 
 
Titles and year of publication:
 
'Solar Pons' Novels    
 1) The Dossier of Solar Pons (short stories)  1979
 2) The Further Adventures of Solar Pons (short stories)  1979
 3) The Secret Files of Solar Pons (short stories)  1979
 4) The Uncollected Cases of Solar Pons (short stories)  1980
 5) The Exploits of Solar Pons (short stories)  1993
 6) The Recollections of Solar Pons (short stories)  1995
 7) Solar Pons Versus the Devil's Claw  2004
 8) Solar Pons: The Final Cases (short stories)  2005
'Mike Faraday' Novels
 1) The Dark Mirror  1966
 2) Night Frost  1966
 3) No Flowers for the General  1967
 4) Scratch on the Dark  1967
 5) Die Now, Live Later  1968
 6) Don't Bleed on Me  1968
 7) The Marble Orchard  1969
 8) Dead File  1970
 9) No Letters from the Grave  1971
10) The Big Chill  1972
11) Strong-Arm  1972
12) A Great Year for Dying  1973
13) Shock-Wave  1973
14) The Breaking Point  1973
15) A Voice from the Dead  1974
16) Feedback  1974
17) Ricochet  1974
18) The High Wall  1975
19) Impact  1975
20) A Good Place to Die  1975
21) The Lonely Place  1976
22) Crack in the Sidewalk  1976
23) Tight Corner  1976
24) The Year of the Dragon  1977
25) Death Squad  1977
26) Murder One  1978
27) A Quiet Room in Hell  1979
28) The Big Rip-Off  1979
29) The Caligari Complex  1980
30) Flip-Side  1980
31) The Long Rest  1981
32) The Empty Silence  1981
33) Dark Entry  1981
34) Hang Loose  1982
35) Shoot-Out  1982
36) The Far Horizon  1982
37) Trigger-Man  1983
38) Pressure-Point  1983
39) Hard Contract  1983
40) The Narrow Corner  1983
41) The Hook  1984
42) You Only Die Once  1984
43) Tuxedo Park  1985
44) The Far Side of Fear  1985
45) Snow-Job  1986
46) Jet-Lag  1986
47) Blood on the Moon  1986
48) Heavy Iron  1987
49) Turn Down an Empty Glass  1987
50) Bad Scene  1988
51) House-Dick  1988
52) Print-Out  1988
Other Novels    
 1) From Evil's Pillow (short stories)  1973
 2) When Footsteps Echo (short stories)  1975
 3) The Curse of the Fleers  1976
 4) And Afterward, the Dark (short stories)  1977
 5) Necropolis  1980
 6) Voices of Doom (short stories)  1980
 7) The House of the Wolf  1983
 8) Darkness, Mist & Shadow - The Collected Macabre Tales Of Basil Copper Volume One (short stories)  2010
 9) Darkness, Mist & Shadow - The Collected Macabre Tales Of Basil Copper Volume Two (short stories)  2010

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