W. Murdoch Duncan
1909-1975
 

William Murdoch Duncan was born in Glasgow and educated at the University of Glasgow. He also wrote under the pseudonyms ‘John Cassells’, ‘John Dallas’, ‘Neill Graham’, ‘Martin Locke’, ‘Peter Malloch’, and ‘Lovat Marshall’. He is the creator of:
1. ‘The Dreamer’ (Donald Reamer), a Detective Superintendent.
2. ‘Superintendent Flagg’ (all titles, except one, were written under the pseudonym ‘John Cassells').
3. ‘Laurie Hume’, an Inspector.
4. ‘Superintendent Leslie’.
5. ‘Superintendent MacNeill’.
6. ‘The Picaroon’ (Ludovic Saxon), a swashbuckling buccaneer of crime (under the pseudonym ‘John Cassells’).
7. ‘Mr. Sandyman’, a private detective (under the pseudonym ‘Neill Graham’).
8. ‘James “Solo” Malcolm’, a private detective (under the pseudonym ‘Neill Graham’).
9. ‘Sugar Kane’, a boxer turned detective (under the pseudonym ‘Lovat Marshall’).

 

Titles and year of publication:
 
‘The Dreamer’ Novels
 1) Meet the Dreamer  1963
 2) Again the Dreamer  1965
 3) Presenting the Dreamer  1966
 4) Case for the Dreamer  1966
 5) Problem for the Dreamer  1966
 6) Salute the Dreamer  1968
 7) The Dreamer Intervenes  1968
 8) Challenge for the Dreamer  1969
 9) The Dreamer Deals with Murder  1970
10) Detail for the Dreamer  1971
11) The Dreamer at Large  1972
12) Prey for the Dreamer  1974
13) Laurels for the Dreamer  1975
‘Superintendent Flagg’ Novels (as W. Duncan Murdoch)
 1) Death Beckons Quietly  1946
‘Superintendent Flagg’ Novels (as John Cassells)
 1) Murder Comes to Rothesay  1948
 2) The League of Nameless Men  1948
 3) Master of the Dark  1948
 4) The Castle of Sin  1949
 5) The Clue of the Purple Asters  1949
 6) The Circle of Dust  1950
 7) The Waters of Sadness  1950
 8) Exit Mr. Shane  1951
 9) The Grey Ghost  1951
10) The Rattler  1952
11) The Second Mrs. Locke  1952
12) Salute Inspector Flagg  1953
13) Case for Inspector Flagg  1954
14) Inspector Flagg and the Scarlet Skeleton  1955
15) Again Inspector Flagg  1956
16) Presenting Inspector Flagg  1957
17) Case 29  1958
18) Enter Superintendent Flagg  1959
19) Score for Superintendent Flagg  1960
20) Problem for Superintendent Flagg  1961
21) The Brothers of Benevolence  1962
22) The Council of the Rat  1963
23) Blue Mask  1964
24) Grey Face  1965
25) Blackfingers  1966
26) The Room in Quiver Court  1967
27) Call for Superintendent Flagg  1968
28) The Grafter  1970
29) The Hatchet Man  1971
30) The Enforcer  1973
31) Killer’s Rope  1974
32) Quest for Superintendent Flagg  1975
‘Laurie Hume’ Novels
 1) Murder Calls the Tune  1957
 2) The Murder Man  1959
 3) The Whispering Man  1959
‘Superintendent MacNeill’ Novels
 1) Death Stands Round the Corner  1955
 2) A Knife in the Night  1955
 3) Pennies for His Eyes  1956
‘Superintendent Leslie’ Novels
 1) The Council of Comforters  1967
 2) The Green Triangle  1969
Other Novels
 1) The Doctor Deals with Murder  1944
 2) Death Wears a Silk Stocking  1945
 3) Murder at Marks Caris  1945
 4) Mystery on the Clyde  1945
 5) Killer Keep  1946
 6) Straight Ahead for Danger  1946
 7) The Tiled House Mystery  1947
 8) The Blackbird Sings of Murder  1948
 9) The Puppets of Father Bouvard  1948
10) The Cult of the Queer People  1949
11) The Brothers of Judgement  1950
12) The Black Mitre  1951
13) The Company of Sinners  1951
14) The Blood Red Leaf  1951
15) Death Comes to Lady’s Steps  1952
16) The Deathmaster  1953
17) The Joker Deals with Death  1958
18) The Hooded Man  1960
19) The House in Spire Street  1961
20) The Nighthawk  1962
21) Redfingers  1962
22) The Crime Master  1963
23) The Green Knight  1964
24) The Hour of the Bishop  1964
25) The House of Wailing Winds  1965
26) Cord for a Killer  1969
27) The Whisperer  1970
28) The Breath of Murder  1972
29) The Big Timer  1973
30) Death and Mr. Gilly  1974
31) Murder of a Cop  1976
As ‘John Cassells’
‘The Picaroon’ Novels
 1) The Avenging Picaroon  1955
 2) Beware! The Picaroon  1957
 3) Meet the Picaroon  1957
 4) The Engaging Picaroon  1958
 5) Enter the Picaroon  1958
 6) The Enterprising Picaroon  1959
 7) Salute the Picaroon  1960
 8) The Picaroon Goes West  1962
 9) Prey for the Picaroon  1963
10) Challenge for the Picaroon  1964
11) The Benevolent Picaroon  1965
12) Plunder for the Picaroon  1966
13) The Audacious Picaroon  1967
14) The Elusive Picaroon  1968
15) Night of the Picaroon  1969
16) The Picaroon Collects  1970
17) Quest for the Picaroon  1970
18) Profit for the Picaroon  1972
19) The Picaroon Laughs Last  1973
20) Action of the Picaroon  1975
21) The Picaroon Gets the Run-Around  1976
Other Novels
 1) The Bastion of the Damned  1946
 2) The Sons of the Morning  1946
 3) The Mark of the Leech  1947
 4) The Double-Crosser  1969
As ‘John Dallas’
 1) The Night of the Storm  1961
 2) Red Ice  1973
As ‘Neill Graham’
‘Mr. Sandyman’ Novels
 1) The Symbol of the Cat  1948
 2) Passport to Murder  1949
 3) Murder Walks on Tiptoe  1951
 4) The Quest for Mr. Sandyman  1951
 5) Again, Mr. Sandyman  1952
 6) The Amazing Mr. Sandyman  1952
 7) Salute Mr. Sandyman  1953
‘James “Solo” Malcolm’ Novels
 1) Murder Makes a Date  1955
 2) Play It Solo  1955
 3) Say It with Murder  1956
 4) You Can’t Call It Murder  1957
 5) Hit Me Hard  1958
 6) Salute to Murder  1958
 7) Murder Rings the Bell  1959
 8) Killers Are on Velvet  1960
 9) Murder Is My Weakness  1961
10) Murder on the “Duchess”  1961
11) Make Mine Murder  1962
12) Graft Town  1963
13) Label It Murder  1963
14) Murder Makes It Certain  1963
15) Murder Made Easy  1964
16) Murder of a Black Cat  1964
17) Murder on My Hands  1965
18) Murder’s Always Final  1965
19) Money for Murder  1966
20) Murder on Demand  1966
21) Murder Has Been Done  1967
22) Murder Makes the News  1967
23) Candidate for a Coffin  1968
24) Pay Off  1968
25) Death of a Canary  1969
26) Murder Lies in Waiting  1969
27) Blood on the Pavement  1970
28) One for the Book  1970
29) A Matter of Murder  1971
30) Murder, Double Murder  1971
31) Frame-Up  1972
32) Cop in a Tight Frame  1973
33) Murder in a Dark Room  1973
34) Assignment, Murder  1974
35) Murder on the List  1975
36) Search for a Missing Lady  1976
37) Motive for Murder  1977
Other Novels
 1) The Temple of Slumber  1950
As ‘Martin Locke’
 1) The Vengeance of Mortimer Daly  1961
As ‘Peter Malloch’
 1) 11.20 Glasgow Central  1955
 2) Sweet Lady Death  1956
 3) Tread Softly, Death  1957
 4) Walk In, Death  1957
 5) Fly Away Death  1958
 6) My Shadow  1959
 7) Hardiman’s Landing  1960
 8) Anchor Island  1962
 9) Blood Money  1962
10) Break-Through  1963
11) Fugitive’s Road  1963
12) Cop-Lover  1964
13) The Nicholas Snatch  1964
14) The Sniper  1965
15) The Big Steal  1966
16) Lady of No Compassion  1966
17) Murder of the Man Next Door  1966
18) Die, My Beloved  1967
19) Johnny Blood  1967
20) Death Whispers Softly  1968
21) Murder of a Student  1968
22) Backwash  1969
23) Blood on Pale Fingers  1969
24) The Adjuster  1970
25) The Grab  1970
26) The Slugger  1971
27) Two with a Gun  1971
28) Write-Off  1972
29) Kickback  1973
30) The Big Killing  1974
31) The Delinquents  1974
32) Killer’s Blade  1975
33) The Big Deal  1977
As ‘Lovat Marshall’
‘Sugar Kane’ Novels
 1) Sugar for the Lady  1955
 2) Sugar on the Carpet  1956
 3) Sugar Cuts the Corners  1957
 4) Sugar on the Target  1958
 5) Sugar on the Cuff  1960
 6) Sugar on the Kill  1961
 7) Sugar on the Loose  1962
 8) Sugar on the Prowl  1962
 9) Murder in Triplicate  1963
10) Ladies Can Be Dangerous  1964
11) Murder Is the Reason  1964
12) Death Strikes in Darkness  1965
13) The Dead Are Dangerous  1966
14) The Dead Are Silent  1966
15) Death Is For Ever  1967
16) Murder of a Lady  1967
17) Blood on the Blotter  1968
18) Money Means Murder  1968
19) Murder’s Out of Season  1970
20) Murder’s Just for Cops  1971
21) Death Casts a Shadow  1972
22) Moment for Murder  1972
23) Date with Murder  1973
24) Loose Lady Death  1973
25) The Strangler  1974
26) Key to Murder  1975
27) Murder Mission  1975
28) Murder to Order  1975
Other Novels
 1) Murder Town  1974

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